Former Drug Lab Employee Malfeasance Could Give 200,000 Convicted Drug Felons a new shot at Freedom - Boston Criminal Defense Attorneys Parker Scheer

November 1, 2012
By Parker Scheer LLP on November 1, 2012 10:15 AM | | Comments (0)

For nine years, Annie Dookhan worked at Hinton State Laboratory in Boston, testing drug evidence for criminal cases. During those nine years, the laboratory conducted almost 200 thousand drug tests. Sixty thousand were personally conducted by Dookhan for 34 thousand cases. Now the results of these drug tests, which led to the conviction of some of Boston's most dangerous criminals, are in question. Dookhan admitted she sometimes recorded drug evidence as positive when it was negative. Basically if some samples tested positive, Dookhan would list the whole batch as positive.

Dookhan now faces two counts of obstruction of justice. She also faces one count of falsifying her academic records after her resume to Hinton claimed she earned a Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Over 100 drug defendants from Dookhan's criminal cases have been freed, had their bail reduced, or had their sentences suspended. A drug lab prosecutor, friends with Dookhan, has resigned. A special "drug court" has been set up to oversee "Dookhan defendants." The state's judiciary has asked the governor for almost $9 million to handle legal challenges, while Boston's mayor has asked for $15 million to handle the "crisis". Massachusetts's district attorneys are expected to request at least another $10 million.

"While Dookhan's actions may have led to the conviction of some dangerous and guilty criminals, it may also have resulted in the false incarceration of innocent people. This is unacceptable and will be remedied," stated Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Frank O'Brien, of Parker | Scheer.

"If you or a family member has been charged with criminal activity, and you believe that the Hinton State Laboratory in Jamaica Plain may have been involved in testing in connection with the case, please contact Parker | Scheer LLP for a free consultation with one of our experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers."

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