Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Special Investigator: “System is Working to Right Alleged Wrongs”


Above: WBUR’s Deb Becker interviews David Meier, the attorney appointed by Governor Patrick in September 2012 to lead the review of criminal cases potentially affected by failures at the Department of Public Health’s Hinton Drug Lab. Meier was tasked to quantify the “universe of cases” involving evidence possibly mishandled by former chemist Annie Dookhan — a tally that climbed to 40,000.

Listen to Deb Becker’s full report.


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