Thursday, October 11, 2012

Annie Dookhan: "Chemist in Mass. scandal refuses to testify." Closed lab is now a crime scene. Associated Press. (Really fascinating story! HL);

STORY:  "Chemist in Mass. scandal refuses to testify," by Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer, published on October 10, 2102.

GIST: "The chemist at the center of a Massachusetts drug-testing lab  scandal refused to testify Wednesday in a drug case against a Boston man who once spent 15 years in prison for the slaying of a 12-year-old girl he says he did not commit.
A lawyer for Shawn Drumgold asked a judge to dismiss two drug charges against her client because chemist Annie Dookhan's initials appear on a drug analysis form in the case. The judge refused, and Drumgold's drug trial began Wednesday afternoon. Dookhan is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly skirting protocols and faking test results at the now-closed lab. Dookhan appeared in court but did not take the stand and exercised her Fifth Amendment right not to testify.........When Drumgold was arrested on drug possession charges in 2011, he was the only person out of 14 people in a Boston apartment charged, his lawyer, Rosemary Scapicchio, said Wednesday. He denied the drugs were his and she thinks Boston police only arrested him because of his legal victory against the department. Scapicchio said Wednesday prosecutors hadn't provided her with sufficient drug testing evidence in the case. Costello said they have been unable to fulfill her request for some documents because the closed lab is a "crime scene" in the custody of the state attorney general's office as it investigates the testing scandal. State police, who took over operation of the lab from the Department of Public Health, have said Dookhan tested more than 60,000 samples covering 34,000 defendants during her nine years at the lab. State officials said last week that they have identified more than 1,100 defendants who are serving time in county jails or state prisons based on samples tested by Dookhan."

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