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Government Chemist Tampered With 40,000 Cases, Locking Countless Innocent Americans In Prison

Government Chemist Tampered With 40,000 Cases, Locking Countless Innocent Americans In Prison

February 27, 2014

MASSACHUSETTS — In a maddening scandal that is rocking the state of Massachusetts, a government crime lab chemist has been caught intentionally forging signatures and tampering with evidence in as many as 40,000 cases, destroying the lives of countless innocent Americans.

Annie Dookhan worked as a chemist for the State of Massachusetts, and it turns out she had close relations with prosecutors.

These prosecutors were able to successfully convict innocent Americans because Dookhan would chemically taint the “evidence,” resulting in career boosts for the prosecutors while innocent men and women were torn from their families and locked in cells.

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An old story but fine example

An old story but fine example of "more government" and what it leads too.

Re tampering with evidence in 40,000 cases

her sentencing was reported in the Boston Globe in November.
"Annie Dookhan, the drug analyst who tampered with evidence and jeopardized tens of thousands of criminal convictions, was sentenced Friday to three to five years in state prison... The 36-year-old mother of a disabled child, whose marriage fell apart in the months after the scandal, softly pleaded guilty to 27 counts of misleading investigators, filing false reports, and tampering with evidence. She must also serve two years of probation and undergo mental health counseling, if needed."

The sentence seems out of proportion to the damage done; what she pled guilty to also seems understated; and I haven't found any valid "motive" discussed. It's just a wild guess, of course, but think maybe someone could have paid her to do some tampering and also had some pull to see that she received a relatively light sentence?

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

What to do about the cases is still on going

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/01/09/ac...

Continuing to let the cases linger in limbo, after two years of waiting, is to violate the due process rights of the "Dookhan defendants" to post-conviction proceedings and relief without unreasonable delay, according to the ACLU's petition.

With larger questions looming about the overall conditions at the lab, this scandal is creating a sentencing nightmare for the court, particularly in cases involving multiple crimes apart from drug possession where wholesale dismissal may not be appropriate.

In the meantime, the Supreme Judicial Court is considering several cases from Suffolk County that will clarify what standards prosecutors and the courts should follow in determining whether a defendant is entitled to a new trial. Boston Globe

google Fredric Whitehurst.

Your government has been doing this for years with little or no accountability.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

This is old

In 2013 she was convicted to 5 years. This story & a story about a texas chemist doing the same a few years prior were both reported on the DP last year.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/22/us-usa-massachuset...

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I remember it being on WBUR

And I also believe it bears repeating. Voted you up.

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Ive looked into my crystal

Ive looked into my crystal ball. They will give her a 2 week paid vacation, then destroy the whistle blower who exposed her.

This is nothing new

The FBI regularly manufactured or lied about evidence

http://www.crimemagazine.com/tainting-evidence-inside-scanda...

In fairness, a big part of this is using short cuts, and not really following outdated protocols when working with evidence, but still which is inexcusable for these professionals.

I agree with the one comment

She should serve all the sentences of all the people she framed combined.

It would be impossible for her to serve that

But it would be ironically hilarious if she was sentenced to that.

everyone knowingly involved

should be executed.

You are way too nice

I think everybody involved should serve the combined sentences of those who were falsly locked away ... in other words life in prison with no possibility of parole. Let them live out the rest of their pathetic lives in a cage with no freedom and hope. Let them suffer as their victims suffered. Maybe then others would get the hint that doing this type of thing is not only frowned upon but carries sever, life altering consequences.

during the middle ages

they had a particularly nasty form of public exicution. What they would do was make a custom sized cage for the condemned man in full view of the condemned man. When it was done they would stuff him in it, and then they would hang the cage up and in full view of everyone they would simply wait for him to die.
Hang up these lawbreakers in front of the court they defrauded and let the lawyers and judge watch them wither every day they come to work and I promise all of them will straighten up.

I believe you are referring to a gibbet

But we are not like these monsters; are we?

yep gibbit

If I remember correctly the only time the kings and nobles had those made was when they were dealing with a particularly nasty monster. The story goes even the most stone hearted bandit would cry while he watched the black smith build it.

"The rest of their lives"

would be about one day after their fellow inmates learn what they did. Then they'd be ripped to pieces. I'm okay with that.

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I agree

Especially since someone like that will probably have a much more hellish experience in prison than the people they put away. Just make sure they are put in with the rest of the prison population...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Wonder what the

motivation was?

Money I assume (the love of which is evil).

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Money?

I am curious as to why you would think that the love of money is evil. Money is simply a measurement of one's ability to produce. To think that the love of money is evil is to say that you do not love your own production. I could barter my works and abilities, but then there is a difficulty in creating trades. The true idea of money is that a unit of 'money' will represent the product being bartered or traded. Granted, there are people who have corrupted 'money', but once they have done so, money is no longer money. It does not represent product or ability, it then represents the theft of those abilities and products. In this case, it is not money that is evil, but instead it is the theft of value in ones work. Money does not do that, men and women do that.

In reality, what is truly evil is those that feel they have the right to take the efforts of one and give it to another. Money is just how they measure the work they are stealing to give to others. Money is not evil, people are.

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The quote is from the bible

In full, it is "The love of money is the root of all evil."

I do agree with much of what you say.

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if true..

what do you even do in a case like that?
i say, every one of those people who has been a victim of her lies should have her as a personal slave for 1 year each, at least.

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