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Prosecutors in Massachusetts moved to throw out more than 21,000 drug convictions on Tuesday, five years after Annie Dookhan, a chemist at the state drug lab, was caught tampering with evidence and falsifying tests. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts said that 21,587 cases had been recommended for dismissal, and that it would be the largest dismissal of criminal convictions in U.S. history.

Dookhan pleaded guilty in 2013 to obstruction of justice, perjury and tampering with evidence after being accused of falsifying her work as far back as 2004. Prosecutors said Dookhan wanted to boost her productivity and burnish her reputation. She was sentenced to three years in prison and was paroled last year. Many of the drug case defendants have already completed their sentences, though some probably remain in prison because of other charges not contaminated by the lab scandal.

Article source: Yahoo News

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CMLF News Issue #7
27th January 2016