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Over 1,000 criminals go free after lab technician pleads guilty to tampering with evidence

By Mason White 12:38 PM November 25, 2013
Annie Dookhan 

By: Moses Gold
Many criminals have already been freed and many more are expected to be freed in the future after a lab technician tampered with drug evidence.

A drug lab worker in Boston, Massachusetts, threw the legal system into turmoil after she falsely said that people tested positive for drugs.

Annie Dookhan, a former chemist, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, perjury and tampering with evidence.

Dookhan was sentenced to three to five years in prison, followed by two years probation.

More than 330 convicted prisoners have been released from custody and at least 1,100 cases have been dismissed or not prosecuted after Dookhan lied about drug tests.

The scandal led to the resignation of the state’s public health commissioner, the resignation of a manager at the lab and the firing of another manager.

Thousands of other people are now challenging the court system and are demanding to be released from prison, and rightfully so.

State officials estimate that Dookhan tested samples involving more than 40,000 defendants during the nine years she worked at a state Department of Public Health lab.

Governor Deval Patrick appointed a lawyer to help create a database of cases which Dookhan worked on.