Massachusetts has already spent $760,000 re-prosecuting drug cases in which ex-chemist Annie Dookhan was involved in testing.
By this summer, the state will have spent $2.5 million prosecuting individuals whose court cases have been affected by the Annie Dookhan-sparked drug lab crisis. The Boston Herald reported Saturday that state prosecutors have spent $760,000 so far in the scandal, which has rocked the Massachusetts justice system. Dookhan, who tampered with drug evidence, faces charges in six counties. Her actions as an employee at the state Hinton Drug Lab in Jamaica Plain have had consequences statewide, as judges and prosecutors scramble to retry – and in some cases release – those convicted on drug charges.
New details have emerged in the ongoing Hinton Drug Lab crisis.
While disgraced state lab chemist Annie Dookhan was in court today, The Boston Globe unearthed new details in the state drug lab saga including a plea by her husband to not trust her. Surren Dookhan, Annie Dookhan’s husband, sent a text message to George Papachristos, former Norfolk Count assistant district attorney and a noted friend of Annie Dookhan, calling her a liar, according to The Boston Globe. According to the Globe: “This is Annie’s husband do not believe her, she’s a liar, she’s always lying,” Surren Dookhan texted to the prosecutor, according to an interview Papachristos gave to State Police on Oct. 3, 2012. “She is looking for sympathy and attention.” The Globe also reports Annie Dookhan was caught removing 90 drug samples …