Annie Dookhan, a Massachusetts state chemist pled guilty Friday to fabricating her results that lead to her tainting as many as 40,000 prosecutions that she was involved in.
Dookhan declared drug samples positive that she had not bothered to test, tampered with evidence, forged signatures and lied about her credentials to enhance her standing in court as an expert witness.
It took more than a year-and-a-half for Dookhan to admit that she had fabricated case results and since then 300 people have falsely been released, including Donta Hood, who was accused of murdering someone after the chemist’s tainted evidence got him released. Hood is now back behind bars on first-degree murder charges.
At least 50 of those 300 released have been rearrested. One, Jamell Spurill told the police arresting him, “I just got out thanks to Annie Dookhan. I love that lady.”
Dookhan was sentenced to three to five years in prison.
The site reports:
Dookhan’s superiors began to suspect something was wrong when they audited her work back in 2010 due to her unusually fast case turnover. Although the audit revealed no wrongdoing, she was caught forging a coworker’s initials just a year later. Dookhan was suspended, but still allowed to testify as an expert witness in criminal cases.
SMH! Hopefully things are put back in order soon.