Many of the tens of thousands of criminal cases affected by Annie Dookhan’s bogus testing are still in limbo.
Nicholas Gordon, the lawyer of former convicted chemist Annie Dookhan, spoke with WBUR’s Deborah Becker.
More than 330 prison inmates have been released from custody and at least 1,1000 cases have been dismissed or not prosecuted because of tainted evidence and other fallout from the facility’s closure.
The ruling comes as one of the recently released drug lab defendants is charged with murder in Brockton.
Both prosecutors and defense attorneys are asking the high court to provide clarity on the process of reviewing criminal convictions jeopardized by the state drug lab crisis.
The ACLU’s legal director says too many people are in jail awaiting motions for new trials amid the scandal.
Officials say the backlog of drug evidence testing caused by a shutdown of two state labs will take more than two years to erase.
A justice agreed to stay the potential release of a defendant convicted in a case in which evidence was tested by former chemist Annie Dookhan.
The supplemental spending measure includes $30 million to cover costs stemming from a drug testing scandal.
“It may be that a wide swath — if not all — of the cases done by the Jamaica Plain lab between 2003 and 2012 may not be prosecuted,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone said.
Jeffrey Solomon says he was wrongfully charged with dealing drugs that were tested at the lab.
A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab has pleaded not guilty at her sixth and final arraignment.
Both district and defense attorneys say the scope of the scandal is likely to grow.
The board would oversee all criminal forensic services in Massachusetts.
Annie Dookhan’s husband texted to a prosecutor in August 2009 that his wife was “always lying” and looking for “sympathy and attention.”