Massachusetts drug lab scandal
Drug cases affected by the scandal
Nov. 26, 2012
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Saying that the state had failed over the past two years to coordinate a proper response to the scandal, the civil liberties group asked a Supreme Judicial Court judge to order prosecutors to determine within 90 days whether they want to pursue individual cases.
Annie Dookhan, the former state chemist whose mishandling of evidence in drug cases threw the states criminal justice system into turmoil, pleaded guilty today in Suffolk Superior Court and was sentenced to three to five years in prison.
Annie Dookhans attorney argued for a one-year prison sentence and said the ex-chemist, who allegedly mishandled state drug evidence, made a series of tragic and terrible mistakes.
A Lawrence man who was released from prison because evidence against him was allegedly mishandled by state chemist Annie Dookhan was rearrested on new drug trafficking charges, the Suffolk district attorneys office said.
In a telling sign that the Annie Dookhan state crime lab scandal has made its way into the US court system in Boston, a career criminal has asked that a federal judge scale back his sentence, based on the chemists involvement in one of his previous convictions.
Governor Deval Patricks administration said it believes the criminal cases of 40,323 people may have been tainted by the actions of the alleged rogue drug lab chemist and the management failures at the now-closed Department of Public Health lab where she worked.
A lawyer for the disgraced chemist argues there is no evidence that she willfully misled anyone while testifying in drug cases. (5/31/13)
Justices of the state's high court heard arguments on whether magistrates trying to unburden trial courts of a flood of drug cases tainted by a state laboratory scandal may release convicts on bail before theyre granted new trials. (5/9/13)
1/20 AG: 2nd chemist tampered with drug evidence
Sonja Farak, 35, of Northampton, is charged with tampering with drug evidence at the Amherst state drug lab, the second state lab worker facing tampering charges. Her bail was set at $5,000. (Globe, 1/22/13)
Annie Dookhan's e-mails over the last nine years, obtained by the Globe, vividly detail her close relationship with prosecutors, including a man to whom she poured her heart out, and her strong desire to put suspects behind bars. (Globe, 12/20/12)
Law enforcement officials warned that the release of convicted drug offenders as a result of the drug testing scandal in a former state lab could lead to a spike in violent crime. (AP, 12/12/12)
Governor Patrick said the $332 million estimate is based on the cost of having to retry everyone convicted on drug evidence tested by the states tainted lab over the past nine or 10 years. (Globe, 11/28/12)
Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan told lawmakers at a public hearing that while investigators are looking at about 34,000 cases overall, 195 individuals have been released, 79 in Boston. (Globe, 11/28/12)
Governor Patrick has ordered a file-by-file review of every case handled by a Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a now-closed government lab. (AP, 11/27/12)
Inspector General Glenn Cunha replaces Attorney General Martha Coakley in investigating the closed Department of Public Health lab where former state chemist Annie Dookhan, pictured, worked from 2003 to 2012. (Globe , 11/5/12)
9/25/12 Dookhan apparently lied on resume
Those familiar with Annie Dookhan from school and work are struggling to reconcile the Annie Dookhan they knew with the chemist accused of falsifying criminal drug tests. (AP, 10/15/12)
US District Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf , pictured, said a team of court officials has discovered that former state chemist Annie Dookhan handled drug samples involved in more than 100 and possibly as many as 200 cases. (Globe, 10/11/12)
The sessions will be held for the purpose of assigning lawyers and addressing the immediate liberty interests of people serving time in connection with a drug conviction stemming from a questionable drug analysis, the court system said. (Globe, 10/10/12)
9/26/12 Dookhan to investigators: 'I messed up bad'
Forensics specialists say the labs procedures appear to have been fairly standard but they were still not enough to prevent Annie Dookhan's rampant breaches of lab protocol, apparently to boost her performance record. (Globe, 9/30/12)
9/12/12 Meier tapped to investigate drug lab
Former prosecutor David Meier made the estimate a week after being appointed to assess the extent of a state drug lab scandal. (Globe, 9/24/12)
Governor Patrick finds himself grappling with the kind of crisis that has the potential to taint his national image and keep him bogged down in the details of governing. (Globe, 9/18/12)
Annie Dookhan tampered with evidence bags, altered the actual weight of drugs, did not calibrate machines correctly, and altered samples so that the would test as drugs they were not, a group for defense attorneys wrote to its members. (Globe, 9/9/12)
One manager has been fired and another has resigned as a result of the widening investigation into a lab that was closed amid allegations that tests on tens of thousands of drug samples were mishandled, state officials said. (AP, 9/13/12)