Prosecutors Toss Thousands Of Tainted Drug Cases

Apr 19, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union says prosecutors are recommending more than 21,000 drug convictions in Massachusetts be dismissed because they were tainted by a former state drug lab chemist who pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and falsifying tests.

The ACLU said Tuesday night the final tally is 21,587 cases.

The state Supreme Judicial Court had ordered district attorneys in eastern Massachusetts to produce lists by the end of Tuesday indicating how many of the approximately 24,000 involving Annie Dookhan they'd be unwilling or unable to prosecute if new trials were ordered.

Dookhan pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and tampering with evidence and was sentenced to three years in prison.

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