Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Convicted Rapist Caught After Release In Lab Probe


BOSTON — A Boston judge has increased bail for a convicted rapist and career criminal released because evidence in his drug case allegedly was mishandled at a state lab.

Marcus Pixley was back in court Friday after being re-arrested when he didn’t show up for a court appearance Wednesday. A judge doubled his bail to $2,000 and set his next court date for Oct. 15.

Pixley is awaiting trial on 2011 drug charges. His lawyer sought bail because evidence in his case was tested by state chemist Annie Dookhan, who’s charged with obstruction of justice for skirting protocols and faking drug test results.

He has a criminal record dating to 1977, including eight drug convictions and a rape conviction.

His attorney says Pixley is being used as a “poster boy” to frighten the public when the issue is potential injustice.


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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.