Volume 91 Issue 48 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: December 2, 2013

Former Massachusetts Forensic Chemist Annie Dookhan Sentenced To Three To Five Years In Prison

Forensics: Falsified drug test scandal threw state’s criminal justice system into disarray
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: forensics, forensic science, Massachusetts, Annie Dookhan, crime lab

A former Massachusetts crime lab chemist who fabricated drug test results and upended the state’s criminal justice system was sentenced to three to five years in prison on Friday, Nov. 22. Annie Dookhan pleaded guilty to 27 charges that included tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice, and perjury.

Dookhan’s misconduct is at the heart of a far-reaching scandal in forensic science. The lab where she worked, the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute, was closed . . .

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