Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Massachusetts has already spent $760,000 re-prosecuting drug cases in which ex-chemist Annie Dookhan was involved in testing.
By this summer, the state will have spent $2.5 million prosecuting individuals whose court cases have been affected by the Annie Dookhan-sparked drug lab crisis. The Boston Herald reported Saturday that state prosecutors have spent $760,000 so far in the scandal, which has rocked the Massachusetts justice system. Dookhan, who tampered with drug evidence, faces charges in six counties. Her actions as an employee at the state Hinton Drug Lab in Jamaica Plain have had consequences statewide, as judges and prosecutors scramble to retry – and in some cases release – those convicted on drug charges.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Annie Dookhan, the state drug lab chemist accused of mishandling evidence, will face further indictments.
The chemist who faces charges related to the mishandling of evidence in thousands of state drug cases will face further charges. WCVB.com reported Tuesday that indictments against Annie Dookhan, the state drug lab chemist accused of mishandling evidence in thousands of drug cases, are forthcoming. State Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office filed a motion in Boston Municipal Court Tuesday asking to reschedule a pretrial hearing from Dec. 3 to Dec. 20 because the investigation is ongoing with "indictments expected," according to WCVB.com. Dookhan has preliminarily been charged with obstruction of justice and falsifying academic credentials.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Boston City Councilors look to work with state with many chronic offenders re-entering the city due to the Jamaica Plain Drug Lab scandal.
With as many as 600 convicted drug dealers headed to the streets of Boston before their full sentences are up, city councilors are brainstorming about how to handle the influx. "We have seen the news. We know there are and will be several hundred more people released into our community... due to the crisis at the JP state lab," said District 7 Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson at Wednesday's council meeting. A "rogue chemist" may have mishandled evidence in 34,000 cases over nine years of work at the shuttered State Drug Lab in Jamaica Plain. State and municipal officials have been struggling to deal with the fallout as convicted drug dealers get released early. Calling for an immediate hearing to address the issue, Jackson said many of …
Friday, October 5, 2012
As the drug lab scandal continues to unwind, more cases are heading back to court, where judges reduce or remove bail, or overturn convictions. What should the state do to maintain public safety?
The ramifications of the JP drug lab scandal are starting to play out in and out of court. Marcus Pixley skipped his court date yesterday. Pixley, who was held on $5,000 bail in connection to a South End drug possession arrest, had his bail reduced to $1,000, which he posted. A judge ordered the reduction because samples in the case were tested at a Jamaica Plain drug lab where a chemist has admitted to falsifying results and other infractions. The drug lab scandal isn't going away and time soon. As the 34,000 affected cases have samples retested, many will also make their way back to court. Judges have reduced and sometimes set aside bail in affected cases. With yesterday's missed hearing, we now have a fugitive connected to the scandal. …