Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Reviewing The Annie Dookhan Drug Lab Crisis


Many questions remain unresolved in the new year about the legal ramifications of the falsifying of tests done on drug evidence at the now closed Hinton State Drug Lab in Jamaica Plain.

Hundreds of people have been released from state custody because of questions about the reliability of evidence against them. Annie Dookhan, the chemist blamed for the scandal, pleaded guilty in November to falsifying evidence and began serving a prison sentence of at least 3 years.

WBUR’s Deborah Becker has been reporting on the scandal all year. Listen to her review of the case.


Annie Dookhan Pleads Guilty; Gets 3-5 Years In Prison


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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.