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.
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The Globe reports as many as 200 cases in federal court may have been tainted by everybody's favorite drug chemist.
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 bags of crack to an undercover police officer. Police say Pixley swallowed a third bag and tossed a fourth into the snow.
The DA's office reports a judge reduced his bail to $1,000 after his lawyer told the judge the coke samples had all been tested by Annie Dookhan, herself arrested last week on charges of intentionally screwing up thousands of drug samples at the state lab where she formerly worked.
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.
DA: Man charged with being a coke dealer will have charges dropped because the coke turned out to be not coke
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 on Oct. 5 in Suffolk Superior Court, prosecutors will file a document known as a nolle prosequi asking that the charges against Jeffrey Banks be dropped.
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 in Jamaica Plain – and ultimately, as Commissioner, the buck stops with me.
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:
Once again, people in prison on drug charges could be let out because of problems with the way the state handled testing of the substances they possessed.
This time, officials are investigating whether a chemist at a state lab in Jamaica Plain compromised evidence, possibly in thousands of cases across the state.
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