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November 22, 2013

Forensic scientist given three years for falsifying drug evidence in dozens of cases

This woman doctored evidence to put dozens of innocent people behind bars--to steal their lives away from them--and she gets three years? What she did is called, in the lingo, "dry-labbing." Dry-labbing is when a scientist takes a sample and instead of performing tests on it to see if it really is heroin or coke or meth, she just says "LOOKS LIKE DRUGS TO ME!" And then someone who has been deprived of their rights gets sent to prison. This is awful. People in law enforcement who abuse the system for their own gain should be treated more *harshly* than average civilians. They shouldn't get a slap on the wrist like this. Dookhan Pleads Guilty, Gets 3-5 Years In Prison | Bad Chemistry
BOSTON — A former state chemist is expected to go to prison Friday for a drug lab crisis that’s created turmoil throughout the Massachusetts criminal justice system. Ex-chemist Annie Dookhan, 36, is scheduled to plead guilty Friday to falsifying drug tests and potentially compromising tens of thousands of criminal cases. Her actions allegedly caused what may be the nation’s largest forensic testing scandal. Massachusetts officials identified more than 40,000 criminal cases affected by testing Dookhan did during the nine years she worked at the now-closed Hinton state lab. Michael O’Keefe, president of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, says prosecutors have sifted through hundreds of cases and close to 350 people have been released from prison. “Prosecutors have been very reasonable about this,” he said, “dealing with a problem that is not of our making and that has to be addressed by balancing individual liberty and public safety.” But defense attorneys are quick to point to documents from the Dookhan investigation showing that some prosecutors would often contact her directly and Dookhan would try to get their tests done quickly. One prosecutor resigned after his emails with Dookhan became public. Anne Goldbach, of the Massachusetts public defenders agency, says forensic scientists are supposed to be impartial. “You can tell that Annie Dookhan felt a sense of allegiance to the prosecution,” she said. “That is absolutely unconscionable.”

November 19, 2013

Man gets two years in jail for spitting in a cop's food

Spitting in someone's food gets you two years in jail. But loot the national economy or sexually assault a drunk girl while being a white athlete, and go scott free. McDonald’s Worker Will Have 29 Months Behind Bars To Regret Spitting In Cop’s Snack Wrap – Consumerist
According to the Iron Mountain Daily News, the officer ordered a snack wrap from a McDonald’s back in Aug. 2012, when the employee thought he’d put a little spit in it for the customer. “It’s something that any customer at any restaurant worries about,” said the prosecutor in the case. Making matters worse, the former fast-food slinger? He’s subsequently tested positive for hepatitis C. The spitter claims he had no idea he carried the disease until after the blood test. Luckily, the officer who received the drooled-into food has tested negative. The 24-year-old spitter was sentenced in Dickinson County (Michigan) Circuit Court on one felony count of placing harmful objects in food. Because of his past offenses, he could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, but instead received a sentence of at least 29 months in county detention.

November 18, 2013

Grosse Pointe police caught forcing black citizens to "dance like chimps"

Burn it down. Burn it all down. Michigan Police Allegedly Disseminate Video Of Black Men Told To 'Dance Like A Chimp' | ThinkProgress
The Grosse Point Park Public Safety Department is investigating video posted on a local blog purportedly filmed by police officers who told black men to sing and “dance like a chimp.” The blog is reporting that Grosse Point police are disseminating a number of humiliating videos and photos of black men. In one incident, an officer allegedly texted a photo of a black man in the back of his trailer with the text, “Gotta love the coloreds.” In the video posted online, that same officer is purportedly telling a mentally ill black man to sing. The blog, Motor City Mucracker, has posted photos and video that are fuzzy and difficult to decipher. The author of the blog is Steve Neavling, a former Detroit Free Press reporter who now writes for Reuters. Neavling told the Huffington Post that he has more than a dozen videos shot by officers in the upper class, majority-white Detroit suburb, but has not shared most of them because of their “humiliating nature.” The public safety department issued a statement saying has commenced an internal investigation and does “not tolerate unprofessional conduct by its officers.”