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Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

2012 In Review: State Drug Lab Scandal Could Reverberate For Years

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Annie Dookhan sits in Suffolk Superior Court moments before her arraignment in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (Steven Senne, Pool/AP)

Annie Dookhan sits in Suffolk Superior Court moments before her arraignment in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (Steven Senne, Pool/AP)

BOSTON — As we continue our look back at the news of 2012 this week, one story that broke this past year will likely reverberate for many years to come: the state drug lab scandal.

Former state chemist Annie Dookhan is accused of falsifying drug tests used in criminal cases. It’s believed that tens of thousands of criminal cases are affected.

WBUR’s Deborah Becker has been following the story and spoke with Bob Oakes on Morning Edition.

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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.