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Thursday, April 20, 2017

A total of 21,587 Massachusetts drug cases are set for dismissal in the yearslong attempt to clean up the mess left by disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan, according to advocates for defendants. Tuesday was the deadline for prosecutors to note which convictions involving Dookhan should be dismissed and which they would seek to maintain if challenged. ... On Tuesday night the ACLU posted a chart showing 98.5 percent of the 21,907 relevant cases had been dismissed. ... Dookhan falsified her analysis of drug evidence. Her misdeeds were exposed in 2012 when the drug lab's oversight was switched from the Department of Public Health to the state police, and she pleaded guilty in 2013 to 27 charges related to her fabrications.

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my life was "ruined" by bogus drug tests.

i won in court long after the fact, too. first exoneration came 9 years after, the last exoneration came 23 yrs later. after that i simply stopped.
lawyers would not help me, other than reviewing documents and talking with me, one by one, a "free" hour at a time. i had to do it all myself. it destroyed 2 marriages, though both were supportive.

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-04-19 08:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's amazing ICHIRO, how you kept your sanity is hard to imagine. I've always thought that to be wrongfully accused and then convicted of crimes not committed must be the most horrible situation which would drime most of us crazy to the point we actually would commit some crimes out of frustration.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-20 04:02 AM | Reply

Hard to believe that trusted officials would betray that trust. The only solution for bad government is more government. To government! The cause of... and solution to... all of life's problems.

#3 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-20 12:02 PM | Reply

"The only solution for bad government is more government."

Actually the solution was to toss out 20,000 guilty verdicts.

Probably more should be done, but it's a step in the right direction.

Now let me guess: your opinion is that anyone who plead guilty, even though the evidence was tampered with, they should remain guilty, right?

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-04-20 01:46 PM | Reply

my life was "ruined" by bogus drug tests.
i won in court long after the fact, too. first exoneration came 9 years after, the last exoneration came 23 yrs later. after that i simply stopped.
lawyers would not help me, other than reviewing documents and talking with me, one by one, a "free" hour at a time. i had to do it all myself. it destroyed 2 marriages, though both were supportive.

#1 | POSTED BY ICHIRO

You could sue the state. Oh wait, no you can't. The Courts and States have basically blocked that option.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-20 01:49 PM | Reply

Hard to believe that trusted officials would betray that trust. The only solution for bad government is more government. To government! The cause of... and solution to... all of life's problems.

#3 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Its about having the right people and spending on appropriate oversight.

Two things Republicans don't care about.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-20 01:50 PM | Reply

More evidence the notion of Justice in the USA has been usurped by ambition and greed.

But the fact that in this case every victim is being released speaks very highly of a system trying to fix itself.

The Judge(s) involved in this decision deserve a medal. Dookhan and several of her supervisors that were alerted to her misbehavior should be sent to prison.

#7 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-20 03:14 PM | Reply

The only solution for bad government is more government. To government! The cause of... and solution to... all of life's problems.

#3 | Posted by visitor_

Sure, according to the billionaires who hate government so they brainwash morons into sharing their hatred of government. And the reason billionaires hate government is because it is the only entity which can limit their power and greed.

The solution to bad government is fixing government - primarily by fixing our election system so bribery is no longer legal.

Government in the wrong hands does bad things, just like guns in the wrong hands. Do you advocate getting rid of guns or simply keeping guns out of the hands of bad people?

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-20 03:50 PM | Reply

You're right we should have no government so that way he could do..... NOTHING.

#9 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-20 04:15 PM | Reply

Hard to believe that trusted officials would betray that trust. The only solution for bad government is more government. To government! The cause of... and solution to... all of life's problems.

#3 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

I just need to put out the complete irony here. The poster who defends the Trump administration at every turn and criticizes those protesting police targeting of the black community is here jumping on board the "trusted officials would betray our trust" bandwagon.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-20 04:18 PM | Reply

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#3 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Nothing like the speed and simplicity of a good ole fashioned lynching am I right? After all no government needed.

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-04-20 04:35 PM | Reply

Speaksoftly, I think you are incorrect. Billionaires love government and need it to maintain and increase their power. If you believe billionaires are your enemy, why would you want to give them a powerful central government that they can easily wield against your interests?

#12 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-20 04:42 PM | Reply

"If you believe billionaires are your enemy"

Yeah, that's not it.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-04-20 04:51 PM | Reply

Hard to believe that trusted officials would betray that trust. The only solution for bad government is more government. To government! The cause of... and solution to... all of life's problems.

#3 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-20 12:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

WTF?

I know you guys hate government at every turn, but what do you propose is the solution? Wait, don't tell me: We should leave criminal prosecution and testing up to The Free Market. Or do we just do away with all laws?

#14 | Posted by cbob at 2017-04-20 04:59 PM | Reply

I'll throw this out there, maybe we criminalize too many things.

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-20 06:24 PM | Reply

Or do we just do away with all laws?

#14 | Posted by cbob at 2017-04-20 04:59 PM
The Government already picks a chooses which ones to enforce on a whim.

#16 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-04-20 07:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Speaksoftly, I think you are incorrect. Billionaires love government and need it to maintain and increase their power. If you believe billionaires are your enemy, why would you want to give them a powerful central government that they can easily wield against your interests?

#12 | Posted by visitor_

They love government because they are allowed to buy it. The solution to that isn't getting rid of government, we just have to outlaw them buying it, and it will serve the voters instead of the rich.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-20 08:57 PM | Reply

I'll throw this out there, maybe we criminalize too many things.

#15 | Posted by visitor_

Tell it to jeff sessions.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-20 08:57 PM | Reply

I thought this was going to be a good news story...then I read that they were only released due to the use of poor procedures. Sticking people in jail for doing drugs is stupid.

#19 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-04-20 09:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I thought this was going to be a good news story...then I read that they were only released due to the use of poor procedures. Sticking people in jail for doing drugs is stupid.

#19 | Posted by madbomber

Tell it to jeff sessions. And the moron who appointed him.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-20 09:46 PM | Reply

Poor procedures?
Poor procedures my ass .
Sounds like "we can provide the results you like because prison is big business and we provides jobs. We're facilitators"

#21 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-04-20 09:49 PM | Reply

Sounds like "we can provide the results you like because prison is big business and we provides jobs. We're facilitators"

Are you asserting that Annie Dookhan has herself thrown in prison to benefit the prison business?

#22 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-04-20 11:00 PM | Reply

Well that wasn't her plan

#23 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-04-20 11:11 PM | Reply

The Government already picks a chooses which ones to enforce on a whim.

#16 | POSTED BY FEDERALIST AT 2017-04-20 07:33 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

I don't really disagree with that. And I think the war on drugs is a farce.

But I also don't think doing away with government entirely, particularly law enforcement, is a goal worth pursuing. There's just as much incompetence and corruption in private enterprise as there is in government. It's just that private businesses aren't held accountable to the same degree as government is. Open-records laws, for example, don't apply to the private sector, so you don't always hear about the bad actors.

#24 | Posted by cbob at 2017-04-21 10:54 AM | Reply

I'll throw this out there, maybe we criminalize too many things.

I would certainly agree with that. Some of the first laws that we should do away with are those that allow cops to stop pedestrians for jay walking. How about those that allow cops to stop vehicles for minor traffic infractions like a tail light that is not working or the failure to signal a lane change. These are the type of violations that should be cited ONLY if they lead to an accident.

It's interesting that conservatives seek to reduce regulations on businesses but have little interest in reducing regulations on people.

#25 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-04-21 04:02 PM | Reply

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