Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Defense Attorney: Drug Lab Report Has Inconsistencies


BOSTON — Tom Workman, a defense attorney who has represented drug defendants and teaches at UMass School of Law, is raising some questions about the report released Tuesday by the state that counts how many criminal defendants have been affected by the mishandling of drug evidence at a state lab — nearly 3,000 more than previously estimated.

Workman joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the report’s findings. Listen below:


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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.