The following e-mails are correspondence between former state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan and George Papachristos, an assistant district attorney for Norfolk County. Dookhan faces 27 charges in the drug lab scandal and is alleged to have doctored evidence that could affect thousands of cases.
Dookhan and Papachristos discuss whether he should quit his job as a prosecutor after a disappointing case
From: Annie Dookhan
Sent: Thu 6/25/2009 11:13 PM
To: Khan, Annie (DPH)
Sorry, it's been very chaotic since the Supreme Court decision today. A lot of us have been receiving subpoenas for court. This is f***ing crazy.
First of all, it was a great pleasure finally meeting you and an honor working with you. I would like to thank you for the tremendous work you did on this case. Although the case did not go as you had planned, I hope you realized that you did everything possible. Unlike most ADAs, you actually have strong work ethic and ambition and I commend you. Most DA I have dealt with in the past has never taken the time to understand and interpret what we do. I was quite impressed to the extent you went to. And it is very hard to impress me. In all the years I have been at the lab, I have never seen anyone put so much effort into their work. It is very nice to see that characteristic in you.
As a colleague and a friend, I would be very disappointed if you were to resign. I hope all this nonsense of resigning is all over and that you were only venting. Now if you think of the word resignation again, let me know.
I will have some words for you. Now that I have seen how dedicated you are, I am definitely spoilt.
As a colleague, I can only help you with understanding and interpreting what we do as chemist. As a friend, I can lend and ear to venting. If you need a laugh or a smart ass remark you know how to find me. Now (in your free time, hahaha) if you still want to open up a pizza shop on the side, I will be glad to be a customer.
Once again, thanks for all of you hard work and dedication. It is greatly appreciated.
From: Papachristos, George (NFK)
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2009 5:56 PM
To: Khan, Annie (DPH)
Subject: RE: Hey
Even though you never told me who your supervisor was, I called and found it out!
Expect something in the mail.
Thank you for saying those things, I can't believe it. That was so nice of you Annie. I'm sorry I was so upset, even though I couldn't control the fact that he defaulted, I felt like I let a lot of people down.
I really wanted to show everyone what I can do, and because this guy is such a scumbag, I didn’t have the opportunity.
I just kept reading your email over and over again, and coming from you, that meant A LOT to me. I really needed to hear those things.
I think it's safe to say that I was venting....and I was so honored that you actually cared about me leaving.
We have a tough uphill battle everyday trying to do the right thing.
Now, with that decision, things are going to get harder......
Glad we are on the same team...
Thanks Annie, and have a good weekend!
You're the best!
George N. Papachristos
Assistant District Attorney
Norfolk County District Attorney
Dookhan and Papachristos reflect on a phone conversation in which Dookhan confided her unhappiness to him. At about this time, she began using her maiden name, Khan, and telling people she was divorced.
From: Khan, Annie (DPH)
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 12:23 PM
To: Papachristos, George (NFK)
Subject: Hi Hi George, Thanks for being concerned about me and my well being. I truly appreciated it. I may not have given you that impression over the phone. Thanks for being there.
I just do not like people worrying over me. I am they type of person that will help or at least try to guide you in the right direction. Most people would describe me as little Annie, always with a smile and always there and willing to help. I definitely put others over myself (I must have inherited that trait from my dad.) My way of dealing with this situation is just “bottling” it all in. Yes, I know what you are going to say. . “It’s not good.” I will not allow people to see me cry.
Please do not worry; there are more important issues to be concerned about. If you really want to know, I will tell you but you have to promise me that you will not feel bad or no tears. There is always M&Ms (hahaha).
Thanks, George. Have a good day.