Drug Lab Scandal

Another Day, Another Round Of Special Drug Court Hearings

October 18, 2012

The special hearings involve evidence that may have been deliberately tainted by a chemist at the now-closed state drug lab.

Prosecutor Who Had Reported Contact With Drug Lab Chemist Resigns

October 17, 2012

The resignation follows revelations that the prosecutor corresponded with the chemist at the center of the drug lab scandal.

Boston Braces For Inmates Released In Drug Lab Scandal

October 17, 2012
Emmett Folgert, of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, talks with Stephen Goss and Kurt Driggs. (Monica Brady-Myerov/WBUR)

Community leaders say the influx of ex-inmates will burden existing reentry programs that are already overwhelmed with heavy caseloads and few resources.

Mayor Menino Seeks $15M For Lab Fallout

October 16, 2012

Menino plans to increase police overtime to prevent crime as inmates are released in the wake of the state drug lab scandal.

Sentences Put On Hold Over Mass. Drug Lab Scandal

October 15, 2012

In the latest fallout from the state drug lab scandal, special court sessions started Monday for almost 200 prison inmates with drug cases in Suffolk county who are trying to get their convictions thrown out.

Fallout Continues In Drug Lab Scandal

October 15, 2012

About 10 convicts can go free while their legal challenges are pending in the fallout from the drug lab scandal.

For Mass. Lab Chemist, An Unlikely Road To Scandal

October 13, 2012
Annie Dookhan, center, the accused former state chemist at the center of the drug lab scandal, leaves a Boston courthouse escorted by court officers in October.

Those familiar with her from school and work are struggling to reconcile the Annie Dookhan they knew with the chemist accused of falsifying criminal drug tests.

Mass. Man Cleared Of Drug Charges

October 12, 2012

The judge’s decision to acquit Shawn Drumgold was based on prosecutors’ theory of possession, not on the drug lab scandal.

In Drug Lab Wake, Menino Launches Emergency Inmate Reentry Program

October 11, 2012

The program is an attempt to minimize the potentially disruptive effects on communities.

Dookhan’s Lab Coworker Testifies At Drug Trial

October 11, 2012

A former coworker of a chemist charged in Massachusetts drug lab scandal has testified the chemist appeared to have unfettered access to the lab.

Chemist In Drug Lab Scandal Refuses To Testify In Case

October 10, 2012
Accused former state chemist 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 Wednesday. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

A lawyer for Shawn Drumgold asked a judge to dismiss drug charges because Annie Dookhan’s initials appear on a drug analysis form.

1st Boston Session For Drug Cases Marred By Confusion

October 05, 2012

Only five of the 19 inmates called to the session Friday actually have cases that are directly linked to Annie Dookhan, the chemist charged with falsifying drug evidence.

Convicted Rapist Caught After Release In Lab Probe

October 04, 2012

Marcus Pixley was released on bail because drugs in his case were tested by a state chemist accused of mishandling evidence.

More Court Sessions Set To Deal With Lab Fallout

October 02, 2012

Special court sessions are being set up around Massachusetts to handle a flood of legal challenges expected by drug defendants in the wake of a scandal at a state drug testing lab.

Court Sessions Set To Deal With Drug Lab Scandal

October 01, 2012

Court officials have set up the first special court sessions to deal with the legal fallout from the actions of a state chemist charged with faking drug test results.

Chemist In Mass. Lab Scandal Could See New Charges

September 29, 2012
Annie Dookhan, center, is escorted to a police cruiser outside her home in Franklin on Friday. (AP)

A chemist accused of lying about drug samples she tested at a state lab could face additionally charges for potentially tainting thousands of criminal cases.

Chemist At Center Of State Drug Lab Scandal Arrested

September 28, 2012
Annie Dookhan

The former state chemist at the center of a growing scandal about tainted evidence that has put thousands of drug cases in Massachusetts in jeopardy is now a defendant herself.

Coakley: Dookhan ‘Appeared To Be Proud’ Of Her Work

September 28, 2012

According to Attorney General Martha Coakley, Annie Dookhan may have had professional pride in mind when she allegedly misidentified drug lab evidence.

Former State Drug Lab Chemist Is Arrested

September 28, 2012
Annie Dookhan, center, is escorted to a cruiser outside her home in Franklin, Mass. on Friday. (AP)

Annie Dookhan was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice and pretending to hold a degree for a college or university.

State Lab Chemist Told Police She Intentionally Falsified Test Results

September 27, 2012

Witnesses also told state police that Annie Dookhan asked for specific drug samples by evidence control number, a distinct breach of protocol.

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