Drug Lab Scandal

Drug Lab Scandal Leaves Criminal Cases In Limbo

December 31, 2013

Many of the tens of thousands of criminal cases affected by Annie Dookhan’s bogus testing are still in limbo.

Dookhan’s Lawyer Discusses Hinton Drug Lab Case

November 29, 2013

Nicholas Gordon, the lawyer of former convicted chemist Annie Dookhan, spoke with WBUR’s Deborah Becker.

Mass. Reeling From Drug Lab Scandal A Year Later

September 01, 2013

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.

SJC: Drug Lab Special Court Sessions Pass Legal Muster

May 17, 2013

The ruling comes as one of the recently released drug lab defendants is charged with murder in Brockton.

Mass. High Court To Consider Drug Lab Case Procedures

May 09, 2013

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.

Photos Reveal Sloppy Conditions At Now-Closed Drug Lab

April 02, 2013
Above: On February 1, 2013, an agent of the Office of the Inspector General found green vegetable matter and miscellaneous contents in a drying hood cabinet located in the Jamaica Plain drug laboratory, according to State Police documents.

In hundreds of photos from investigators, drug samples are shown stored all over the Hinton lab: in drawers, cabinets, even in manila folders inside file cabinets.

Mass. Justice Sends Drug Lab Cases To High Court

March 13, 2013
CPCS Chief Counsel Anthony Benedetti, foreground, observes the single justice hearing Wednesday.

The cases could affect thousands of drug convictions challenged because of a scandal at a drug-testing lab.

ACLU Asks Mass. High Court To Rule On Drug Lab Scandal

March 06, 2013

The ACLU’s legal director says too many people are in jail awaiting motions for new trials amid the scandal.

Mass. High Court Expected To Hear Drug Lab Appeal Case In April

February 21, 2013

The Supreme Judicial Court is expected to review a case that challenges the way the state is handling criminal cases related to the drug lab crisis.

Drug Lab Scandal Creates Testing Backlog

February 21, 2013

Officials say the backlog of drug evidence testing caused by a shutdown of two state labs will take more than two years to erase.

Mass. High Court May Rule On Drug Lab Cases

February 15, 2013

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.

Mass. Senate Approves Supplemental Budget Bill

February 13, 2013

The supplemental spending measure includes $30 million to cover costs stemming from a drug testing scandal.

DA Leone: Wider Range Of Drug Lab Cases May Be Dismissed

February 08, 2013

“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.

1st Civil Lawsuit Filed In Mass. Drug Lab Scandal

February 04, 2013

Jeffrey Solomon says he was wrongfully charged with dealing drugs that were tested at the lab.

Ex-Mass. Chemist Pleads Not Guilty In Lab Case

February 02, 2013

A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab has pleaded not guilty at her sixth and final arraignment.

Lawyers Say Drug Lab Scandal Could Widen

January 31, 2013

Both district and defense attorneys say the scope of the scandal is likely to grow.

Ex-Mass. Chemist Pleads Not Guilty To Obstruction

January 30, 2013
Ex-state chemist Annie Dookhan, left, is seen with her lawyer, right, at her arraignment Wednesday. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Annie Dookhan pleaded not guilty to six counts of obstruction of justice in a scandal that could jeopardize thousands of drug convictions.

District Attorneys Struggle To Deal With Cases In Drug Lab Scandal

January 25, 2013
Annie Dookhan, center, leaves a Boston courthouse escorted by court officers and her lawyer on Oct 10. (Josh Reynolds/AP File)

District attorneys most affected by the scandal have asked for $12 million for this fiscal year alone to deal with the extra cases.

Mass. Republicans Seek Drug Lab Oversight Board

January 16, 2013

The board would oversee all criminal forensic services in Massachusetts.

Report: Mass. Drug Lab Suspect’s Husband Warned Of ‘Lying’

January 09, 2013

Annie Dookhan’s husband texted to a prosecutor in August 2009 that his wife was “always lying” and looking for “sympathy and attention.”

Chemist’s Lab Coworkers To Testify At Drug Trial

October 11, 2012
Annie Dookhan, center, leaves a Boston courthouse escorted by court officers and her lawyer after refusing to testify in a drug case against Shawn Drumgold on Wednesday. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

Coworkers of Annie Dookhan, the chemist at the center of the crime lab scandal, are set to testify in the drug possession case of Shawn Drumgold, who was once wrongfully convicted of murder.

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