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Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

State’s Public Health Chief Resigns Amid Crime Lab Crisis

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BOSTON — In the rolling catastrophe of the state drug lab, we now know the buck apparently stops with Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach.

Auerbach has submitted his resignation, accepting blame for the failure to monitor, detect and report the mishandling of drug samples by a single state chemist.

The drug evidence in as many as 34,000 cases has now come under suspicion.

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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.

February 21, 2014

Boston Doctor Chosen For New National Effort To Reform Forensic Testing

BOSTON — 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.