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More than 100 convictions tainted in drug lab scandal being vacated

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

More than 100 convictions based on evidence tainted in a Massachusetts drug lab scandal are being vacated.

More than 100 convictions tainted in Massachusetts drug lab scandal being vacated

More than 100 convictions based on evidence tainted in a Massachusetts drug lab scandal are being vacated. Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins filed a motion Monday to vacate 108 convictions — convictions that were not vacated after the conviction of drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan. In 2013, Dookhan pleaded guilty to faking test results and tampering with evidence.

In that decision, district attorneys were required to certify that they could produce evidence at a retrial, independent of Dookhan’s signed drug certificate or testimony, that the substance at issue was the drug alleged in the charge.

“All List Three cases are forever tainted by egregious and reprehensible government misconduct -- even if fresh convictions were to be obtained without Dookhan’s involvement,’’ Rollins said.

More than 100 convictions based on evidence tainted in a Massachusetts drug lab scandal are being vacated. Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins filed a motion Monday to vacate 108 convictions — convictions that were not vacated after the conviction of drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan.

In 2013, Dookhan pleaded guilty to faking test results and tampering with evidence.

In that decision, district attorneys were required to certify that they could produce evidence at a retrial, independent of Dookhan’s signed drug certificate or testimony, that the substance at issue was the drug alleged in the charge.

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