Thousands Of Potentially Wrongful Convictions; Years Of Delayed Action

Four years after a Massachusetts crime lab chemist confessed to tainting evidence, more than 20,000 defendants still don’t know if their drug convictions will stand.

Annie Dookhan sits in Suffolk Superior Court moments before her arraignment in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Dookhan, the former chemist at the center of a U.S. drug testing scandal, pleaded not guilty to charges including perjury and tampering with evidence.

In August 2012, Annie Dookhan, a veteran chemist with a Massachusetts state drug lab, admitted to contaminating samples and faking test results during her eight-and-a-half-year career. More than 20,000 drug convictions, as a result, could have been flawed. Those cases involved defendants from eight different counties, and in many instances people


Report Recommends Ways To Reduce Wrongful Convictions

Report identified “tunnel vision” as major cause of wrongful convictions and also blamed culture of police as part of problem.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, and the advocacy group the Innocence Project announced the findings of a new report that examined the causes and solutions to wrongful convictions throughout the justice system at a joint press conference on Tuesday. The report, the “National