Thursday, January 10, 2013
New details have emerged in the ongoing Hinton Drug Lab crisis.
While disgraced state lab chemist Annie Dookhan was in court on Jan. 9, The Boston Globe unearthed new details in the state drug lab saga including a plea by her husband to not trust her. Surren Dookhan, Annie Dookhan’s husband, sent a text message to George Papachristos, former Norfolk Count assistant district attorney and a noted friend of Annie Dookhan, calling her a liar, according to The Boston Globe. According to the Globe: “This is Annie’s husband do not believe her, she’s a liar, she’s always lying,” Surren Dookhan texted to the prosecutor, according to an interview Papachristos gave to State Police on Oct. 3, 2012. “She is looking for sympathy and attention.” The Globe also reports Annie Dookhan was caught removing 90 drug samples…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Local students predicted problems for state laboratory.
Brandeis Unviersity students, in a study, predicted a lack of funding would lead to major issues at the William A. Hinton State Labratory Institute which is now under scrutiny after former state chemist Annie Dookhan allegedly faked results at the lab, according to the Boston Herald. In the paper, titled "Advocacy For Public Change", three students warned that low funding levels for the lab could eventually lead to disaster, according to the newspaper. The paper, however, does not predict that a chemist would allegedly fake results. The study says low funding could lead to the spread of diseases that would pose health risks for state residents, according to the Herald.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Drug cases from Waltham could be included in the series of reviews.
Special court sessions for Middlesex County defendants whose cases are possibly liked to disgraced state leb chemist Annie Dookhan are scheduled to start on Monday, Oct. 21, according to the Lowell Sun. The sessions are being held to review cases that may have been tainted by Dookhan, who is facing charges for falsifying lab test results in criminal cases involving drugs, according to the newspaper. Dookhan worked at the now-closed William A. Hinton State Labratory Institute. It's not clear whether Waltham cases are included. The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office is not releasing defendants names, according to the paper. The DA's office said it used the lab from 2003 - 2009, according to the paper. Judge Maureen Hogan will hold …
Friday, September 28, 2012
It still isn't clear what drove a JP State Drug Lab chemist allegedly to taint evidence in thousands of cases. But the attorney general says two common reasons don't appear to apply: a drug habit or money trouble.
On the heels of a Boston Globe report that special courts are being set up in each county JP State Drug Lab chemist Annie Dookhan was arrested today at her Franklin home on two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of falsely pretending to hold a college degree. She was scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. What could possibly drive a chemist responsible for analyzing drugs seized in criminal cases to taint the evidence thousands of times? It's one of the big unanswered questions in the sprawling scandal that officials say stems from the actions of one person: Annie Dookhan. Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office has been investigating the scandal, spoke to the press from her Boston office. She said that, so far, no clear …