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State drug lab scandal widens, 40,323 defendants may be affected (MA)
The Boston Herald ^ | 8/20/2013 | Matt Stout

Posted on 08/20/2013 1:02:59 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas

More than 40,000 defendants may be affected by the alleged drug tampering of “rogue” chemist Annie Dookhan, a sign the state’s massive drug lab scandal grew beyond initial estimates, according to the near year-long work of the lawyer tasked with determining the scope of the state-shaking saga...

Meier found that the actual list of defendants affected grew to 40,323. Of those, 10,000 were in prison, or parole or probation and had been previously convicted of a drug offense in Superior Court.

More than 300 state prison inmates have been released, and prosecutors have opted to dismiss or drop more than 1,100 cases in the wake of the scandal. Dookhan, who admitted to police she “messed up bad” when news of her alleged tampering broke, was arrested and faces 27 counts across six counties, including perjury and obstruction of justice.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: annie; devalpatrickfails; devalpatrickscandal; dnccorruption; dookhan; dookhanclasslaw; drug; lab; noaccountability; nohonor; nointegrity; nojustice; notruth; noveritas; obamaclone
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This is not an isolated incident. This incident is symbolic. It represents the totality of the corruption in this state. So much is overlooked. So much is tolerated. So much is done with a wink and a nod. Appointments are made not on credentials but on gender and race. Taxes are increased whether the need to be or not. Politicians who should be in jail are reelected. Had enough yet? Think before you vote.

1 posted on 08/20/2013 1:02:59 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

She was probably in collusion with many of the prosecutors.


2 posted on 08/20/2013 1:06:15 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

predictions:

The cost to taxpayers will be unfathomable.

There will be no accountability.

The DEMOCRAT Gov. who was behind this,
and has not even shown up at the State House for 3 weeks,
will be promoted by Obama.


3 posted on 08/20/2013 1:10:33 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Had enough yet? Think before you vote.

Most unfortunately, all too many voters are more interested in "freebies" than the rule of law. Welcome to post-constitutional America.

4 posted on 08/20/2013 1:32:49 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

So - maybe A-Rod didn’t do it?


5 posted on 08/20/2013 1:54:56 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Paladin2

So she’s the Angela Corey of Massoftwoshits?


6 posted on 08/20/2013 2:03:56 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Paladin2

Heinlien’s First Principle: Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence. But don’t rule out malice.

Sheer inertia. Dookin’s extraordinary “productivity” should have raised read flags. Quality audits were non-existent. At least 5% of all samples should be retested and checked for consistency. And 5% of the retested samples should be further retested.

Probably 99% of the samples were actually drugs, but it is all but impossible to establish the truth at this point.


7 posted on 08/20/2013 2:06:53 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The article failed to state what it was she had done. I’m “assuming” she didn’t process the evidence properly but other than that I don’t know.


8 posted on 08/20/2013 3:57:34 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

“More than 40,000 defendants may be affected by the alleged drug tampering of “rogue” chemist Annie Dookhan,...”

Another example of Americans sitting on their fat liberal/conservative asses and not challenging the elitist pricks like Annie the Nazi whore.

Either hang the bitch or get used to getting pounded with BS up your rearend.


9 posted on 08/20/2013 5:12:32 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
Revelations today that more than 40,300 defendants’ cases could be tainted ... “The depth of the crisis is unfathomable and reveals what can only be described as an unconscionable level of gross negligence at the state drug lab,”



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10 posted on 08/20/2013 6:41:21 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Libloather

Neither did Armstrong...oh wait...


11 posted on 08/20/2013 7:00:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: bgill

Well, for one, she was lying about her Master’s Degree. UMASS has no record of Annie Dookhan taking graduate classes there. But that bit of creative resume building is pretty tame compared to allegations that forced her resignation, shuttered the laboratory, and ousted the state’s public health commissioner.
When the state police came to her house and interviewed her about concerns that had been raised in the lab, she basically confessed to sometimes recording drug evidence as positive when they were negative. She would take a whole bunch of drug samples and only test one or two of them, and then say, “Well, based on that, all the rest of them are also positive,” just based on sight. She took samples out of the evidence room without signing it out. She appeared to be doing favors for certain prosecutors, at least insofar as she was taking their cases more quickly, and breaking all the rules about handling evidence.
http://www.vice.com/read/hey-boston-thanks-to-annie-dookhan-your-streets-will-soon-be-flooded-with-drug-criminals


12 posted on 08/20/2013 7:08:57 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

She not only needs to be behind bars but have a face to face with each person convicted on her lies. And their families. Same for those she let go free and committed more crimes.


13 posted on 08/20/2013 9:17:37 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: bgill
The article failed to state what it was she had done. I’m “assuming” she didn’t process the evidence properly but other than that I don’t know.

I should have mentioned that below the article. The case is familiar to people in Boston.

She lied on her resume. She wasn't qualified for her job. And she just signed off on thousands of drug tests without performing them.

The state of Massachusetts failed to check her qualifications (minority woman) and didn't flag her job performance, since she was processing an abnormally high volume of tests.

14 posted on 08/21/2013 5:00:14 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I’d like to offer a special thank you to the Republican Statist from the 70’s named Richard Nixon that brought us the WOsD. (I also appreciate the EPA.)

To the statist, these 40K casualties to the War on Drugs is just business as usual. You have to break a few eggs to make some progress.


15 posted on 08/21/2013 6:15:48 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM

Who do we thank for all the drug babies?

YOU??


16 posted on 08/21/2013 6:17:06 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

“Who do we thank for all the drug babies?”

Ah, the mantra of a statist, “it’s for the children!”

Since drugs are illegal, there can’t be any children effected today. Right?


17 posted on 08/21/2013 6:27:07 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM

Murder is illegal too, I guess we should make it legal so it will get better!

That is so logical, a leftist could do it.


18 posted on 08/21/2013 6:37:30 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
That strawman's been debunked so many times it's gone grey in the head. When are statists of the "right," like you, going to realize that government DOES NOT OWN US. We, the People, own the government and there can be no such prohibitive legislation allowed in a free society. Remember the DoI, where it talks about "consent of the governed"? Where did you ever get the childish notion that you can consent to having someone else jailed for offending your sensibilities by what they ingest??? Surely you don't have that sort of authority to act on your own. Why do you think you have authority to get someone else to do what you legally cannot?? Remember, you cannot give consent to another to do what YOU may not properly do. That sort of moronic thinking has gotten us precisely where we are today, witnessing the downfall of the Founders' Republic, yet YOU just want to rearrange the deck chairs on the, Titanic. Go figure.
19 posted on 08/21/2013 11:20:27 AM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: CSM
This one had an agenda and the power and authority to execute it.

Tar, feathers and hanging is too humane for it.

20 posted on 08/21/2013 3:29:56 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: GeronL
Who do we thank for all the drug babies? YOU??

No. You thank their parents.

21 posted on 08/21/2013 3:31:44 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper

Same with the drug dealers in jail. They chose a criminal life and are to blame for being in prison.

Amazing the tears libertarians shed for Mojo the gangbanger and not one drop for all the dead customers and crack babies.


22 posted on 08/21/2013 6:27:51 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

“Murder is illegal too, I guess we should make it legal so it will get better!

That is so logical, a leftist could do it.”

So, your case is either anarchy or fascism. Gotcha.


23 posted on 08/22/2013 7:08:50 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: elkfersupper

“Tar, feathers and hanging is too humane for it.”

I wholeheartedly concur!


24 posted on 08/22/2013 7:09:43 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: GeronL
You've somehow confused libertarian philosophy with leftist philosophy.

Maybe you should read a little bit.

25 posted on 08/23/2013 1:33:16 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper

They are closer allies than libertards and conservatives can ever be.


26 posted on 08/23/2013 1:43:13 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

You are going to be very disappointed with the next few election cycles.


27 posted on 08/24/2013 1:45:39 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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