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Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Chemist In Now-Closed Lab Claimed Oversight Role

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BOSTON — A chemist whose alleged mishandling of drug samples led state police to shut down a crime lab testified in 2010 that she was in charge of quality control at the lab.

Some defense attorneys say the revelation could raise questions about far more than the 50,000 samples she is known to have tested.

State police closed the lab on Aug. 30 after their investigation showed that the chemist, Annie Dookhan, failed to follow testing protocols and may have deliberately mishandled drug samples.

State police have said they don’t know how many samples may have been tainted.

A transcript obtained by The Associated Press of Dookhan’s sworn testimony in a 2010 Suffolk County trial shows Dookhan testified that she ran “quality control/quality assurance” within the lab.

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October 23, 2014

SJC To Hear Petition To Dismiss Convictions Tied To Dookhan

BOSTON — The ACLU is asking the state’s highest court to dismiss tens of thousands of criminal convictions tied to former state chemist Annie Dookhan, who admitted to tampering with evidence.

March 5, 2014

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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — “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.