Saturday, October 6, 2012

Annie Dookhan: AP: Governor says this is about people who should not have been convicted and need justice done in their cases;

STORY: "DA: 300-500 defendants face release in la scandal." by reporter Lindsey Anderson, published by Associated Press, on October 5, 2012.

GIST: "About 300 to 500 defendants, including some ‘‘pretty dangerous people,’’ may be released into Boston streets because of the alleged mishandling of evidence at a Massachusetts drug lab, a prosecutor said Friday. Chemist Annie Dookhan is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly skirting protocols and faking test results at the now-closed state drug lab. At least two dozen defendants whose cases Dookhan handled have been released, including career criminal and convicted rapist Marcus Pixley. Pixley was released on bail earlier this month but failed to show up for court Wednesday. Quincy police arrested him Friday. Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley said officials in Boston are ‘‘concerned that there may be violence’’ if other defendants and convicts are released and have discussed intervening in the lives of those who are freed in order to prevent repeat offenses.........Asked about public safety in light of the release of inmates, Gov. Patrick Deval said freeing them is not a ‘‘technicality.’’
‘We are talking about people who shouldn’t have been convicted and who need to have justice done in their cases,’’ he said. ‘‘In terms of people who have other charges or records, there’s a process for that, there’s a system for that and there’s public safety officials who have responsibility for that,’’ he added."
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