Drug Lab Scandal

Chemist Told Mass. Police She ‘Messed Up Bad’

September 26, 2012

The chemist at the center of the drug lab scandal admitted that she faked test results for two to three years, forged signatures and bypassed proper procedures, according to a state police report.

Chemist’s Education Questioned In Drug Lab Scandal

September 25, 2012

UMass-Boston officials say they have no record of Annie Dookhan receiving an advanced degree or taking graduate courses there.

Official: 1,150 Convictions Could Be In Question In Lab Scandal

September 25, 2012
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The disclosure came on the same day a judge suspended the sentence of a Roxbury man whose case involved drugs handled by the chemist at the heart of the problems.

Special Unit Formed To Sort Out Mass. Drug Lab Mess

September 20, 2012

David Meier has been named to lead the review of criminal cases impacted by mishandling of evidence at a Boston lab.

First Drug Conviction Vacated In Wake Of Drug Lab Scandal

September 20, 2012

David Danielli was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea after it was discovered that state chemist Annie Dookhan had tested the evidence used to convict him.

Outgoing Mass. Official Addresses Drug Lab Shutdown

September 19, 2012

The outgoing head of the state’s public health department says he believes a “single rogue chemist” was responsible for the mishandling of drug evidence.

Lawmakers To Hold Hearings On Crime Lab Crisis

September 18, 2012

State lawmakers are looking to hold hearings as early as next Wednesday to try to get to the bottom of what happened at the state’s drug lab.

State’s Public Health Chief Resigns Amid Crime Lab Crisis

September 18, 2012

John Auerbach accepted blame for the failure to monitor, detect and report the mishandling of drug samples by a single state chemist.

Mass. Public Health Commissioner Resigns

September 17, 2012

The drug evidence mishandling scandal at the state crime lab in Jamaica Plain has led to the resignation of Commissioner John Auerbach.

Amid Crime Lab Crisis, DPH Commissioner Resigns

September 17, 2012

Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach offered his resignation over the weekend and Gov. Deval Patrick accepted it on Monday.

Personnel Shakeup At Troubled Mass. Drug Lab

September 13, 2012
From left: Secretary of Public Safety Mary Beth Heffernan, Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby and State Police Col. Timothy Alben announce the drug lab personnel shakeup Thursday. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

One employee has been fired, another has resigned, and a third faces disciplinary proceedings as a result of an investigation.

Chemist In Now-Closed Lab Claimed Oversight Role

September 12, 2012

A chemist whose alleged mishandling of drug samples led police to shut down a crime lab testified in 2010 that she was in charge of quality control at the lab.

State Chemist Possibly Mishandled Evidence In 34,000 Cases

September 12, 2012

State agencies and district attorneys on Wednesday will to try and clarify what happened at the troubled state crime lab that was shut down last month.

Patrick Urges Collaboration In Lab Samples Case

September 11, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick is urging prosecutors, defense attorneys and state departments to join forces to determine which potentially mishandled samples at a state lab pertain to people now behind bars.

Patrick: ‘Breakdown In Oversight’ At Mass. Lab

September 10, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick is predicting “consequences” for what he calls a “breakdown in oversight” at a now-closed state crime lab.

State Chemist In Closed Lab Handled 50,000 Samples

September 06, 2012

The new revelation raises the possibility of an enormous number of legal challenges from people convicted or awaiting trial in drug cases.

2 Suspended After Improper Mass. Crime Lab Tests

September 01, 2012

State officials have suspended two supervisors at a Massachusetts crime lab where a chemist is accused of mishandling drug evidence.

Closing Of Crime Lab Could Jeopardize Thousands Of Drug Cases

August 31, 2012

Officials are investigating allegations of deliberate mishandling of evidence by a woman who had worked for the lab for 10 years.

Improper Drug Testing Leads To Closure Of State Crime Lab

August 30, 2012

State police discovered a chemist failed to follow protocols in drug testing, potentially exposing thousands of drug convictions to legal challenges.

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