Jurors reject claims to hold officials accountable for the Dookhan scandal

Annie Dookhan, a former drug chemist for a Massachusetts crime lab, is potentially connected to thousands of cases that may have been mishandled. In 2013, pled guilty to tampering with evidence and was sentenced to three to five years in prison, but Massachusetts is still handling the fallout from her crime. More than 500 defendants have been released from prison while their cases are under review to determine if she mishandled evidence or falsified reports in their cases. One defendant, David Jones, who had already served the full length of his prison sentence sued several Massachusetts officials who supervised Dookhan, claiming that “they were complicit in her wrongdoing and negligent in not reporting her failure to properly test drugs to authorities, depriving Jones of a fair trial.” On Tuesday, a federal jury rejected Jones’ claim and decided against holding the supervisors liable.

 

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