An investigation has found a rash of problems at a Massachusetts drug lab that was closed after a chemist admitted faking test results in criminal cases, throwing the state's legal system into turmoil.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts State Police have fired an analyst who worked at a state drug lab after questions arose about her academic credentials.
State officials say Kate Corbett said she has a chemistry degree from Merrimack College, though investigators determined that her degree is in sociology. Although she took some chemistry coursework, she did not earn a degree in chemistry.
Corbett worked in the same lab as Annie Dookhan, who was sentenced to prison after admitting to faking test results. Corbett has not been accused of tampering with evidence.
BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is asking the state's highest court to get involved in a state drug lab scandal that threatens to derail thousands of criminal cases.
The ACLU is asking the Supreme Judicial Court to find that all defendants whose cases were handled by former state chemist Annie Dookhan have a presumptive right to have their sentences put on hold while motions for new trials are pending.
Dookhan is accused of faking test results and tampering with evidence.
BOSTON (AP) — Thirteen employees of a now-closed Massachusetts drug lab are receiving full salaries and benefits even though they have been unable to work as an investigation into the actions of one of their fellow chemists continues.
The investigation which shuttered the lab has focused on chemist Annie Dookhan. Investigators accuse Dookhan of fabricating drug test results and tampering with evidence while testing samples.
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab has pleaded not guilty to six counts of obstruction of justice in a scandal that could jeopardize thousands of drug convictions.
Annie Dookhan was indicted on a total of 27 charges accusing her of fabricating test results and tampering with drug evidence while testing substances in criminal cases.
BOSTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers are calling for creation of a new state board to oversee forensic services facilities after a former chemist was accused of tampering with drug evidence at a state lab.
The proposal announced on Wednesday by the four GOP members of the state Senate would create a five-member oversight panel consisting of the secretary of public safety, the attorney general, the state inspector general, the head of the state police and one gubernatorial appointee.
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab has pleaded not guilty to three counts of obstruction of justice at the first of two scheduled arraignments.
Neither Annie Dookhan nor her lawyer commented after her appearance Wednesday in Middlesex Superior Court.
She is scheduled to be arraigned on two more counts of the same charge later Wednesday in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham.
She had previously pleaded not guilty to similar charges in Suffolk Superior Court, where she was freed on $10,000 bail.