MASS Drug Lab Scandal: Breach in Boston Crime Lab Protocol May Have Affected 50,000 Drug Samples

A chemist in Massachusetts has been accused of malpractice in a lab certifying drug samples for the Massachusetts law enforcement, officials reported. Annie Dookhan's involvement in testing around 50,000 drug samples over her nine-year period working at the facility is expected to lead to a huge number discrepancies in past legal cases.

Prosecutors and public defenders were presented with a list of samples this Tuesday that cover around 34,000 cases worked on by Dookhan in her career at the lab. Any of these samples could potentially have been assessed under breached protocol. This suggests up to thousands of possibly wrongful or overturned convictions, dismissed cases and vacated sentences in the state of Massachusetts. It is yet unknown how many, perhaps even if all, the samples were affected.

Anne Goldbach, the forensic services director at the Committee for Public Counsel Services, said that investigators first became aware that the samples had been dealt with using incorrect procedures in February. This knowledge came after an enquiry into improper cataloging of a number of samples. The crime lab in Boston was ordered to be closed by Governor Deval Patrick on August 30 after the investigation into the misconduct was magnified.

Goldbach warned that determining the extent of the breach will require a vast amount of resources and a great quantity of work for the attorneys representing both defense and prosecution. However, Gov. Patrick ensured the public that the state police would continue to do its best in order to discover the cause of the violation and bring whoever is responsible to justice in order to prevent such an occurrence from happening again.

At this time, another lab supervisor has also be placed on leave for the duration of the investigation, report the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The main suspect, Annie Dookhan, has made no comment.

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