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Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

State Chemist Possibly Mishandled Evidence In 34,000 Cases

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State agencies and district attorneys on Wednesday will to try and clarify what happened at the troubled state crime lab that was shut down last month.

The Jamaica Plain lab was shut down after it was discovered that a chemist involved in testing more than 50,000 drug samples was mishandling evidence.

WBUR’s David Boeri joined Morning Edition host Bob Oakes to talk about the latest developments in the case.

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March 5, 2014

SJC Sets ‘Presumption’ Of Misconduct In Dookhan-Related Guilty Pleas

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that defendants seeking to withdraw guilty pleas because their cases were handled by disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan must indicate they would have insisted on a trial if they knew about her malfeasance.

March 4, 2014

Dookhan Was Drug Lab’s ‘Sole Bad Actor,’ Report Says

“However … deficiencies at the Drug Lab created an atmosphere that allowed for [Annie] Dookhan to commit her crimes,” the state inspector general wrote in his review.

February 21, 2014

Boston Doctor Chosen For New National Effort To Reform Forensic Testing

With the Massachusetts Inspector General expected to release his report on the state drug lab crisis any day now, a local doctor is part of a new national effort to reform forensic testing.