The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that people facing new drug trials because their evidence was handled by convicted state chemist Annie Dookhan cannot be brought up on more severe charges the second time around - and can't get sentences more severe than the ones originally imposed. Read more.Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that people seeking to overturn drug convictions based on the work of disgraced state chemist Annie Dookhan still have to prove that was the overriding reason they agreed to plead guilty.
In several rulings today, the court agreed that Dookhan's thousands of falsifications represented an "egregious" ethical and legal breach and that lawyers for defendants would not have to...Read more
A man sprung from prison thanks to disgraced chemist Annie Dookhan was charged with heroin possession after he tried to evade a routine traffic stop in Hyde Park, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Pedro Hernandez, 46, of Lawrence, had a five-year heroin sentence stayed last year because Dookhan processed some of the drug evidence against him. According to the DA's office, police found...Read more
Two men convicted of drug dealing who asked to be let out of prison because of problems at state drug labs will stay in prison while their cases are reconsidered, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Landers Ivey, 53, demanded to be "immediately released" while his latest conviction was reviewed, because of the scandal at state drug labs, in particular the one in Jamaica...Read more
Boston Police report that when six drug dealers got into a loud, angry argument inside a Blue Hill Avenue apartment early Saturday, somebody called police. Arriving officers surrounded the building and arrested them all - but only after three tried to escape by climbing on the roof of the neighboring building and then jumping back on the roof of the building they'd just fled....Read more
A Chelsea man released from a 2 1/2-jail sentence for drug dealing because his evidence was certified by former state chemist Annie Dookhan wound up back in jail yesterday after police found him in possession of "eight baggies of suspected crack cocaine packaged for individual sale," the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports....Read more
A man released on $250 bail for his fourth drug-trafficking conviction because the drugs in the case were tested by alleged disgraced chemist Annie Dookhan was back in court today after prosecutors said undercover officers bought some crack off him near Tufts Medical Center on Saturday.
Louis Anthony Williams, 30, of Roxbury was ordered held on $15,000 bail on the new charge - and had...Read more
UPDATE: Judge Mark Hart Summerville set bail for the watch case at $500 and denied a request from the DA's office to revoke Quiles's release on personal recognizance in the open drug case.
A man allowed freedom after the drug evidence against him turned out to have been tested by ex-chemist Annie Dookhan...Read more
A man released from prison thanks to possible tampering of the evidence against him by former state chemist Annie Dookhan is scheduled for arraignment today on a new charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Torrie Haynes, 30, of Dorchester, was arrested near East Berkeley Street and Harrison Avenue Friday afternoon, the DA's office says:
The Globe reports Mayor Menino wants the state to fork over $15 million for the costs of supervising all those drug suspects being freed thanks to former state employee Annie Dookhan.
Separately, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports a Suffolk Superior Court judge heard requests from 27 inmates who want out based on their Dookhanated cases. Eleven got stays pending more formal reviews...Read more
The Globe reports as many as 200 cases in federal court may have been tainted by everybody's favorite drug chemist.
Meanwhile, Boston has come up with a crisis reentry plan to work with - and monitor - defendants freed to Boston streets because of tainted drug evidence from the now closed state lab in Jamaica Plain. And the Suffolk County District Attorney's office...Read more
A Suffolk Superior Court judge this morning issued an arrest warrant for Marcus Pixley, who skipped out on a scheduled court appearance yesterday on drug-distribution charges, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Pixley was originally held on $5,000 bail for his February, 2011 arrest in the South End for allegedly selling two...Read more
At a press conference yesterday, state Attorney General Martha Coakley minced no words about Annie Dookhan, the state chemist accused of tampering with drug samples in thousands of criminal cases:
Annie Dookhan's alleged actions corrupted the integrity of the entire criminal justice system. There are many victims as a result of this.
But only four years ago, Coakley argued before the US Supreme Court...Read more
A man indicted last year as on charges of being a repeat cocaine dealer will likely have the charges dropped next week because of problems related to the substance former state chemist Annie Dookhan certified was cocaine, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Specifically, the DA's office reports, re-testing by State Police shows the material was, in fact, an inert substance. At a hearing...Read more
State Public Health Commissioner Jon Auerbach today announced his resignation over the burgeoning crisis at the former DPH labs in Jamaica Plain, in which thousands of evidence samples in criminal cases were potentially done incorrectly.
It is clear that there was insufficient quality monitoring, reporting and investigating on the part of supervisors and managers surrounding the former Department of Public Health drug lab...Read more
The supervisor in charge of a state-lab chemist under investigation for possible improprieties related to drug tests has been put on leave, State Police said today. Complete statement from State Police Colonel Timothy Alben:
Today we placed an additional lab supervisor on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. This action was taken because the supervisor was responsible for overseeing the work of the lab...Read more