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Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

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Mass. Fires Chemist Over Academic Credentials

By November 26, 2013

State officials say Kate Corbett, who worked in the same lab as Annie Dookhan, claimed she had a chemistry degree from Merrimack College, though investigators determined that her degree is in sociology.

Forensic Testing Questions Remain After Dookhan Sentence

By November 23, 2013

Former chemist Annie Dookhan began her first full day in prison Saturday, but lingering questions persist about state oversight of forensic testing.

Dookhan Pleads Guilty, Gets 3-5 Years In Prison

By November 22, 2013

Disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan is on her way to prison for a drug lab crisis that’s created turmoil throughout the Massachusetts criminal justice system.

Date Set For Dookhan To Change Plea

By October 29, 2013

A former state chemist is expected to plead guilty to charges of falsifying thousands of drug tests and throwing the entire Massachusetts criminal justice system into a tailspin.

Judge: 5 Years Max For Dookhan If She Pleads

By October 23, 2013

A judge says she won’t impose a sentence of more than three to five years in prison if former state chemist Annie Dookhan pleads guilty in the drug lab crisis.

At Hearing, Dookhan Asks For Leniency

By October 18, 2013

In seeking a one-year sentence if Annie Dookhan changes her plea, her lawyer said her life “has been destroyed” by the charges.

Prosecutors: Dookhan Should Get 5-7 Years In Prison

By October 17, 2013

Annie Dookhan’s lawyer, meanwhile, will recommend a one-year prison sentence.

Reviewer Is ‘Confident’ State Has ID’d Everyone Affected By Drug Lab Crisis

By September 20, 2013

David Meier says some of the bigger questions about the extent of the scandal are the subject of investigations by the attorney general and inspector general.

Released Mass. Inmate: ‘I Love’ Accused Chemist

By September 18, 2013

Quincy’s Jamell Spurill expressed his gratitude after he was rearrested for having a stolen handgun.

Sentence Reduction For Drug Dealer, As Lab Crisis Spills Into Federal Court

By September 17, 2013

Adam Davila received a four-year reduction in his federal prison sentence because of Annie Dookhan’s involvement in one of his state convictions.

Latest News

January 8, 2015

Thousands Of Drug Convictions At Stake In Massachusetts High Court Case

The case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court involves Annie Dookhan, a drug lab chemist who was sentenced in 2013 to at least three years in prison after admitting she faked test results.

October 23, 2014

SJC To Hear Petition To Dismiss Convictions Tied To Dookhan

The ACLU is asking the state’s highest court to dismiss tens of thousands of criminal convictions tied to former state chemist Annie Dookhan, who admitted to tampering with evidence.

March 5, 2014

SJC Sets ‘Presumption’ Of Misconduct In Dookhan-Related Guilty Pleas

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.