Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

How Mass. Should Deal With Convictions Affected By Dookhan


BOSTON — The drug lab crisis continues to be an issue up for debate in Massachusetts. The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the state’s highest court for guidance on how to deal with criminal convictions that have been thrown into question after former chemist Annie Dookhan admitted to falsifying drug tests.

Matthew Segal, legal director for the Massachusetts ACLU, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to talk about the constitutionality of allowing the affected criminal cases to linger as the state continues to investigate the scandal.


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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.