Home

menu
A WBUR SPECIAL REPORT

BadChemistry

Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Mass. Plans For Costs Of Drug Lab Crisis

News

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration has unveiled a new plan for dealing with the mounting costs associated with the alleged mishandling of evidence at a state drug lab.

The plan was announced by Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez after some agencies affected by the crisis missed a Wednesday deadline for submitting cost estimates. He said others that did submit requests for “significant amounts” of funding failed to provide supporting information.

Gonzalez said Patrick will file an appropriations bill next week to cover the costs of the scandal for the next several months. The funds would be placed in a reserve fund controlled by the secretary. He could then transfer money to prosecutors, state agencies, or cities and towns that provide documentation of their costs related to the fallout from the lab crisis.

Comments

Latest News

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.