Before massachusetts discovered in 2013 that one of the chemists in its state crime lab was actually using the drugs she was testing, it uncovered another chemist in 2012 who admitted she had been. The police crime laboratory in houston, already reeling from a scandal that has led to retesting of evidence in 360 cases, now faces a much larger crisis that could involve many thousands of cases. Massachusetts crime lab scandal explodes the questions raised about dookhan’s work led to the review of 534 cases the republican, a massachusetts newspaper, reports that lawyers for 11 men serving drug crime sentences have already petitioned a judge for their temporary release because of farak’s involvement in their cases. Former massachusetts crime lab chemist sonja farak, left, during her arraignment in 2013 farak pleaded guilty in 2014 of stealing drugs and tampering with evidence, setting off a second scandal after she revealed she was using crack cocaine and other drugs while analyzing evidence at the lab. Another failure in the mass crime lab oct 18, 2017 the damage done by poor supervision, substandard management and erratic practices at the lab continues to haunt the operation and cost taxpayers.
Massachusetts state crime lab scandal could impact 34,000 cases misconduct by a chemist in the massachusetts state crime lab could impact up to 34,000 cases from the past 10 years earlier this year, the massachusetts state police conducted an investigation that focused on chemist anna dookhan. Prosecutors often rely on crime lab results to prosecute cases that's why the scandal in massachusetts over a rogue crime lab technician is serious news chemist annie dookhan admitted to mishandling evidence including faking results, forging signatures, and skipping necessary paperwork on. And it was all free, and often extremely high quality, because farak was a chemist at the massachusetts crime lab in amherst responsible for testing drugs for police departments in criminal cases. The massachusetts public defender said the number of impacted cases could increase, given that the actions attached to dookhan may have been prevalent among other chemists in the state crime lab defense attorneys have stated that results from the lab over the last decade deserve scrutiny following the revelations.
The massachusetts state police crime laboratory provides forensic services for the criminal justice system we respond to crime scenes, perform laboratory testing, and provide expert testimony. Another failure in the mass crime lab oct 19, 2017 first, it was revelations about scores of faked or tainted drug tests by the state drug lab that eventually sent a chemist to jail and threw. Massachusetts — in one of the largest frauds in massachusetts history, a state crime lab analyst used her position of analyzing chemical evidence to intentionally forge results in order to get convictions for prosecutors with whom she had friendly ties, and to satisfy her drive to imprison drug offenders. Melendez-diaz, 76 mass app ct 229, 2010), in order to prove that the substance in question was indeed the controlled (illegal drug that the prosecution claims, it must bring in the actual chemist from the state crime lab to testify in court as to what the substance is, and how the chemist arrived at that conclusion the chemist must testify. Cambridge, mass — a former massachusetts crime lab chemist accused of falsifying evidence linked to as many as 34,000 cases pleaded not guilty on monday to a sixth charge of obstruction of justice.
The crime lab scandal unleashed by annie dookhan’s criminal conduct in massachusetts is finally resulting in some relief for defendants whose cases are implicated. Revelations by a chemist that she was in charge of quality control at a crime lab which was shut down by state police last month because of her alleged mishandling of drug samples could lead to large numbers of drug convictions being challenged, some defense attorneys say. Disgraced drug lab chemist sonja farak made a rare public appeared in federal court as a defendant in a civil case filed by rolando penate, who served five years in state prison for drug crimes.
(necn: justin michaels) - there is new fallout from a boston case involving tampered evidence at the state crime lab an inmate is headed to court, saying he should be allowed to withdraw his. The director of the state forensic laboratory in massachusetts was tapped monday to became the new director of the connecticut forensic science laboratory, gov dannel p malloy’s office announced. Crime lab scandal leaves mass legal system in turmoil lawyers, prosecutors and judges across massachusetts are sorting through thousands of cases that may now unravel with a former chemist. On april 18th 2017, the massachusetts supreme judicial court dismissed more than 21,000 low-level drug cases connected to the drug lab scandal that involved annie dookhan, a former chemist of a massachusetts crime lab who admitted to falsifying evidence.
Massachusetts supreme judicial court justice frank gaziano issued an order dismissing thousands of convictions tainted by sonja farak, a chemist at the massachusetts state crime laboratory in. A former massachusetts crime lab chemist accused of mishandling evidence affecting hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of criminal cases was sentenced friday to three to five years in prison after. A massachusets crime lab has been shut down after a chemist involved in testing more than 50,000 samples for cases involving more than 34,000 defendants was found to have used improper testing protocols.