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.”