Forensic Fraud in Massachusetts Casts Doubt on Thousands of Drug Convictions

Forensic fraud is one of the seven causes of wrongful convictions of innocent people. The others are (1) mistaken eyewitness testimony, (2) police misconduct, (3) prosecutorial misconduct, (4) ineffective assistance of counsel, (5) false confessions by innocent defendants, and (6) false testimony by jailhouse informants.

Annie Dookhan, a former analyst in a crime laboratory in Massachusetts, recently confessed to police that she had falsely reported that she had detected the presence of a controlled substance in a drug exhibit without performing the necessary test or she had tampered with a drug exhibit that had tested negative for the presence of a controlled substance by adding a known controlled substance to it before retesting the exhibit to assure that she would detect that controlled substance when she ran the test a second time.

Dookhan admitted that she committed this fraudulent misconduct in 34,000 cases involving 60,000 evidentiary exhibits.

Police also discovered that she had misrepresented her academic credentials during her employment at the crime lab by falsely claiming that she had obtained a masters degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She started working at the lab in 2003.

The Boston Herald recently reported,

Annie Dookhan, the former state chemist at the center of a massive lab scandal which may jeopardize thousands of drug cases, could face decades behind bars if convicted, said Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Dookhan, 34, pleaded not guilty this afternoon in Boston Municipal Court to two counts of obstruction of justice and falsely pretending to hold a degree from a college or university. She posted $10,000 bail late this afternoon.

Prosecutors said today Dookhan would sprinkle cocaine on negative test results, test them again, and report the positive finding; and test a few samples out of a batch of 25 and list them all as positive.

Governor Deval Patrick closed down the Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain where Dookhan was employed and he appointed former prosecutor David Meier to review all of the cases that she worked on during her employment at the lab. Meier recently said he has identified 1,140 people presently incarcerated whose cases were handled by Dookhan.

Since crime labs usually destroy controlled substances after the cases are resolved, retesting evidence that she handled may not be possible in many cases.

Dookhan’s ongoing fraud was discovered in June 2011 after supervisory personnel at the lab discovered she had altered laboratory records after the fact in an effort to show that she had logged out and returned a drug exhibit to the laboratory safe after testing it.

The Boston Herald reported,

On June 21, 2011, one day after supervisors of the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute chemist — identified by multiple criminal lawyers as Annie Dookhan — found no trace of her logging drugs in and out and of an evidence room for testing on June 14, the record-keeping “irregularities” were suddenly fixed, Linda Han, head of the Department of Public Health lab, wrote in a Feb. 21 letter this year to Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

“On June 21st, when the log book was re-examined, entries did appear showing a transfer of the samples from the evidence office to the chemist. It appeared that these entries were made by the chemist after June 14,” Han told the district attorney, noting the chemist was immediately stripped of her lab duties.

57 Responses to Forensic Fraud in Massachusetts Casts Doubt on Thousands of Drug Convictions

  1. George Glass says:

    See attached–PHS, inc is the “impaired physicians ” organization that is a front group for ASAM 12-step prohibitionists that coerces and controls doctors . You can “confidentially” refer a colleague – yea right ok-//under the guise of benevolence ( 2 former docs kicked out cuz honest))and USDTL is a major forensic commercial drug testing lab. 2

    What is important here is it is not just a rogue lab tech but Joseph Jones VP of lab operations committing fraud.

    Take a look at the docs –shows how easy if is to fabricate a positive test on someone. The paperwork suggests adding a collection date and unique identifier to show a chain of custody on an already positive sample is SOP.

    This shows a lack of integrity and grievous misconduct that puts into question the results of all testing done by both groups. it is a public health emergency that needs exposure, accountability, and reform.

    RPMurphy1 from http://reddit.com/ has shared a link with you.

    Documents showing forensic fraud between MA State contractor and a major forensic drug testing lab. Fabrication, collusion, and crime

    http://www.reddit.com/tb/1lp9mj

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. bettykath says:

    McShane[, a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney and senior instructor in gas chromatography-mass spectrometry,] said he routinely hears “horror stories” from chemists he trains about unrelenting pressure to test more samples. Dookhan allegedly confessed to State Police that she forged colleagues’ initials and contaminated samples to “get more work done,” according to their report.

    “You are judged by numbers in the lab,” McShane said. “There is a culture of pressure to get it done with no new ­resources.

  3. Jun says:

    Truly terrible. This risks alot of bad in the process in that innocent people get thrown in, and now bad guys can get off.

    • Lonnie Starr says:

      Picture a guy who dropped out of high school and working two jobs to support his family, while he struggles to get his ged. One night on his way home, he gets stopped and frisked, the police notice a white powder on his clothing. They collect it and arrest him, send the stuff off to the lab. He waits in jail believing the lab will clear him, because he knows it was only Ajax cleanser he spilled. After a week or two, the lab report comes back and he’s facing trial for drug possession, he pleads out (because he realizes the system is fixed) and gets 10 years.

      The damage to this guy, his family and society is incalculable!
      How could the “powers that be” be so callously unconcerned as to allow labs to make these decisions, without having the highest degree of scrutiny to shoulder?

      • Malisha says:

        Lonnie S, the biggest shock of my young life was learning that although stories like the one you tell (hypothetically) are true and are common, those in power ACTUALLY DO NOT CARE. They actually are not ashamed. They actually believe that folks who have no power ARE beneath contempt and they don’t even think there’s something wrong with them for believing that.

        Finding that out shocked the Hell out of me and I’m still trying to not go crazy about knowing it.

        Knowing too much about something like that just effs everything up. Sometimes I wish I could un-know stuff.

        • Lonnie Starr says:

          We’ve got “stop and frisk” here in NY, and neither the police nor the mayor want to let it go. Their idea is that since it keeps us all safe, who can care about the 800,000 people the police detain and publicly humiliate with searches?

          One day I got off the subway at Grand Concourse / Fordham Road. As it went though the exit gate, there were undercover policemen, pointing and signaling for the young black and Hispanic males to go stand against a wall, where other police were going through their pockets. There were some fifteen to twenty kids there and more being added all the time. So I withdrew to a place where I could watch the action without being seen by the police. I couldn’t stay long because I had things I had to get done, but for the 15 minutes I watched, all of these kids were being held there. Even those whose pockets the police had already gone through. They had to wait for permission to leave and it wasn’t going to be forth coming anytime soon.

          Now, just try to imagine yourself being held by policemen, against a wall where there’s a constant stream of passengers from the neighborhood passing by looking at you and wondering what you had done. Out of 800,000 stop and frisks, 90% were Black and Hispanic the police found only 300 guns.

          If the big guns in the legal profession don’t help stop this slow progression towards a totalitarian state, one day they’re going to wake up and discover that some one high in gov’t has convinced the public to grant him the power to arrest people without charge, hold them indefinitely without judicial review and subject them to whatever they define as “enhanced interrogation techniques”. When that day comes police, judges and other legal workers, will no longer be “Law Enforcers” they will become mere “Enforcers”.
          Because, when “law” is defined as whatever you want it to be, it’s no longer law.

          The last time this happened, I understand, the powerful people, lawyers, doctors, captains of industry and politicians, all believed that the man, upon whom they were being asked to confer absolute power, would remain under their control. So, they gave him absolute power and he roasted them with it. Do we really have to see that happen again?

      • Bill Taylor says:

        there has been an obvious and deliberate militarization of our police forces in the last few decades…in my youth i was taught the police are your FRIEND that if you need help go see them, today i FEAR any contact with police because indeed the laws are in place to simply make me or YOU disappear for no reason at all……police now call the simple asking them a question as being obstruction of justice or referring in the official duties of an officer……..i again FEAR any contact with police, and age 61 have a 100% clean record not even a parking ticket!

  4. Malisha says:

    Dennis, you said, “I’m surely not going to believe that 34,000 people had evidence falsified against them.”

    That is exactly why it is possible to falsify evidence, fake lab reports, indulge in prosecutorial and police misconduct, lie, cheat, steal in office, engage in corruption of all sorts…it is hard to believe that it is happening and those who DO believe it is happening can be marginalized, officially neutralized, punished, and ultimately destroyed. THESE THINGS HAPPEN. And if 34,000 people DID have evidence falsified against them, this is a case where there need to be 34,000 cases of straightening that shit OUT. To do less is to admit that we have a system that is no better than any other anti-human, shameful, harmful, ugly, disgraceful system anywhere on earth. If Idi Amin had thrown 34,000 innocent people in jail because he wanted to, we would have thought that should be corrected, there must be a remedy. (He probably DID.) And if we have imprisoned people without due process, how are we not “big enough” or “free enough” to deal with our own mess?

    Some of them are guilty anyway? That is not due process. Some of them deserved what they got, even though it wasn’t “justice”? There be monsters! You can’t go back and unravel everything just because of a mistake or two? YES YOU CAN.

    We have to suck it up and make the correction, accept the problem and execute the remedy, agree that rehabilitation is NOT just for the convicted criminal but is ALSO for the government that convicts the criminal.

    WE MUST DO THIS. Because whether or not it is hard to believe that there could have been 34,000 miscarriages of justice, that remains a stubborn fact. Any one person who spent any one day in misery because of this appalling fraud has a right to demand a correction throughout the system for this massive failure.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      Amen! Every single lab test that this woman did must be evaluated. There’s no way around it.

      • Lonnie Starr says:

        Every single lab test and sample this woman had access to is now in question as well. She was discovered to have contaminated cases she wasn’t even involved in. Meanwhile her presence in the lab, totally destroys any faith and trust that can be placed in “chain of custody” matters. Since the evidence is destroyed after the test are completed, there’s nothing reliable that can come out of this lab.

        Lawyers are going to have a field day getting their clients freed, and they will go from state to federal court to do it. All on the states “dime”. Resistance is not only futile, but costly! The state might just as well take the short road and begin the process of restoring faith in the system, than to continue the costly and futile battle to repair the discredited one. By “bowing out gracefully” the state may save some litigation and “wrongful imprisonment” costs.

        Why saddle hard working taxpayers with the extraordinary costs of trying to fight a losing battle? I noticed in the article that they’ve already requested a study of the expected costs. Of course there needs to be caution, but unnecessary slowness will only raise cost exponentially.

    • camanokat says:

      The drug war is a joke. It exists to make money for private prisons, drug prosecutors, judges, police, etc. Nobody should go to jail for an addiction. A hospital or detox facility is the better choice. You’ll notice there are no people in prison for possessing beer.

      • looneydoone says:

        I believe in decriminalization and legalization of all drugs. Restrict the OTC sale to persons 18+ years of age…just as is done with tobacco products, spray paints cough syrups, inhalers, and allergy meds.

        That’s a hard sell in the USA, but we in Latin America are fed up with being the casualties in *your* now global “war on drugs”
        (DEA in 63 countries around the world)

      • Lonnie Starr says:

        Yeah, but notice that you never get to vote on issues like this.

  5. Xena says:

    This is a very sad thing. I wonder if she has any conscience about it? Hopefully she will sit in prison a long time and think about those convicted due to her fraud.

  6. For those of you who want to continue discussing the Zimmerman case, please go here:

    Zimmerman Open Thread: Thursday, October 11, 2012

  7. Fed-up taxpayer says:

    I began asking what Dookhan’s motive was– what was there for her to gain? Then I thought of the1981 case where someone bought bottles of Tylenol, poisoned some of the pills, and then returned the bottles to drugstore shelves in order to kill unknown others anonymously. That’s why we have so many different kinds of safety seals today.

    What solution could be found for Dookhan’s pointless corruption?

    • Lonnie Starr says:

      Well, for one thing, she wasn’t “the real McCoy”, she was not in possession of the credentials she claimed to be, so maybe that would have been enough? At least in this case it would seem to be.

      Likely the same flaw that prevented her from getting a degree, is the same one that caused her lack of concern for innocent people she so thoughtlessly sent to prison. Thoughtlessly ruined lives of innocent people, arrested in sweeps with white powders on them. Poor people whose only hope is for the lab report to clear them. This Btch has the gall to ruin lives so callously and without concern, she should be crushed like a bug for what she did. She should thank her lucky stars she’ll only have to do prison time for this. Hopefully the judge will give her the max times 10.

  8. Lonnie Starr says:

    This is horrible, simply horrible! Police and prosecutors have worked so hard and long, often putting life and limb at risk, to bring the criminals to book. As often happens in human endeavors, innocent people get roped in by the effort. The courts rely heavily on the forensic work of accredited laboratories to help sort the innocent from the guilty, and now this comes along. The thought that lab work might be tainted for no other good reason, than that someone inside has falsified their credentials and/or is working to aggrandize themselves by returning “desired” results.

    The worst part of the horror is not that so many guilty may go free, though that is obviously unwanted. But, at least these people are getting undeserved breaks and many of them will actually go straight, rather than risk going back. The real horror is that innocent people have been tried and convicted, by a system that now appears discredited for having allowed a rogue actor to have played a part for so long, in so many cases.

    Obviously lab worker credentials will have to be verified by some outside agency. The “honor system” just didn’t work!

    • A career as important as this and no one checked credentials, references, etc.. How utterly criminal when peoples lives and those closest to them are at stake. I work in an industry where trust and integrity are a must. Fingerprints, job history, personal history, references, etc. are all verified before you even get an interview. How could this woman have gotten away with it for so long!! There should be no such thing as the honour system any more. In fact, there should never have been an honour system. This company should be shut down, sued by those wrongfully convicted for its negligence.

      • Lonnie Starr says:

        “How could she have slipped by?” I have a clue, she looks a bit of a tart, could it be she used the “casting couch” as a short cut to stardom? It wouldn’t be the first time, eh? Which is why for sensitive positions, all employee records need to be verified by some other department and not left to “in house” approval.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      It’s also true that the return rate of criminally inclined is rather large, over 60% last I heard, so even people who shouldn’t get out do, the odds are they won’t be out for long. Better as ya’ll say to let a few get away to protect the innocent.

      • camanokat says:

        The reason for that, Lonnnie, is that ex-felons can’t find work.

        I know a young man, a friend of my children, who had a great union blue-collar job who sold cannabis on the side, mostly to friends (fools all, I live in a medical mj state) and got busted for selling less than 1/2 ounce. He did 4 months in local prison and now can’t find work. The union won’t take him back. ..all for selling a naturally growing plant!

      • Lonnie Starr says:

        From my reading over the years, I’d need a breakdown sheet of that 60%, to sort of know that it doesn’t include probationers violated for merely “technical” offenses like failure to hold a job, getting in late and other violations like that. The “drug user” category also gives me trepidations, since no amount of incarceration is expected to be effective where treatment is seriously needed and lacking. I’d want to see the stats that focus on the kinds of crimes that have the greatest impact on people and society, the ones like theft, burglary/home invasion, armed robbery, and homicide, stuff like that, as opposed to prostitution which, if included in those stats, obviously pushes the recidivism rate up without being as much of a concern as it would appear when simply labeled as “crime”.

  9. Dennis says:

    Frederick, do you think it should be required for the prosecution to record the entire process of testing? In the Amanda Knox case, the forensic scientist for the Perugia police made many rookie DNA testing mistakes which were found when Knox’s lawyers analyzed the

  10. William Walton says:

    In corporate research, all data is recorded in a lab note book, Each page is signed by the researcher and a witness also signs each of the lab pages noting that such research was performed and the data recorded as such was real. This process is completed such that the data generated is real and should a patent disclosure be instituted the patent attorney’s knows that they are not wasting their time pursuing said patent application. It is suprising to me that Crime Labs do not have the same regulation in place. This is also something one learns at the University when pursuing a scientific course of study..

    • Crime labs are basically unregulated. They submit to a form of voluntary regulation that provides the appearance of regulation, but it isn’t anything remotely like the regulation of clinical labs. This has and continues to be a problem that inevitably results in forensic frauds.

      • Two sides to a story says:

        Unbelievable that our system is so lax, Professor. Why do you think this is?

        • I would never describe our legal system as lax. I describe it as extremely harsh and racist. We imprison far more people per 100,000 people than any other country in the world and we imprison a much larger percentage of our racial minorities, especially Blacks, than we do Whites. Most mentally ill people end up in prison because there is no assistance for them in the outside world. More than half of our prison population is serving time for non-violent drug offenses. Prisoners are exploited as a cheap source of labor while serving time. There are few programs or educational opportunities in prison. We just warehouse them for years and then release them to the streets without a job or a place to live. It’s virtually impossible for them to find a job, since employers generally will not hire anyone who has been to prison or convicted of a felony. Many have to steal and deal drugs to survive. That is the reality of our inhumane prison system.

          • Lonnie Starr says:

            Exactly, well said Professor, we’ve been ranting about this situation for ages and still not only does nothing get done, but we still hear voices in the crowd saying “I can’t believe it”!

        • Sorry, I went off on a tangent thinking you had asked a different question. After further thought, I realize you are asking about lax regulation and oversight on the crime labs.

          Crime labs have always claimed that they should not be regulated like clinical labs because they work with crime scene evidence to solve crimes. They claim they need flexibility to adjust their methods to each case and they know best what they need to do. They are supported by police and prosecutors. Somehow they manage to skate by each scandal by blaming the rotten apple, but they never seem to run out of rotten apples as the scandals keep on coming.

          Therefore, politics and powerful friends appear to be the reasons for the lack of oversight.

          Another major problem is that the crime labs are part of the police departments instead of being independent. Many analysts think of themselves as cops helping to nail the primary suspect.

          Some analysts get a little too enthusiastic and there isn’t anything to restrict that tendency.

      • looneydoone says:

        When funding is explicitly tied to “successfully” prosecuting the USA’s 42 year long, failed “war” on drugs these are exactly the type of *irregularities* that the push for high conviction rates breeds.

        • Lonnie Starr says:

          Right you are Looneydoone, this speaks of a nation that’s growing towards being ruled by force, than a nation governed by the will of the people. Letting “experts” tell us what we want to do, how we want to live etc., is handing them the kind of control over us, that gives them powers they can abuse. The first reason they have to abuse power, historically, is to use it to “prove” themselves right and/or cover over their mistakes.

          So, the war on drugs is failing? Hey! Look, over there, that lab “A-Tech” has a high positive return rate! While the other lab “B-Tech” has much lower rates of positive returns. Now where shall we send this next batch for testing, knowing that the Chief is facing re-election. Really difficult to figure who will get the most business eh?

      • William Walton says:

        Prof: This is unreal. Corportations insist that all researchers record all data in a lab notebook, sign it as the researcher, and have a witness sign it stating that the data entered in the notebook is valid. This procedure is required such that if the patent issues and is challenged in court the corporation patent attorneys have something to present as evidence that the idea was original. One would think that crime labs would have a more regulated procedure in place since their evidence would be presented at trial more often than a patent being challenged in court. I know the process having authored over 35 U.S. and foreign patents. The first one is fun and it goes down hill ater that.

        • Lonnie Starr says:

          I’ve been pushing for the Justice Department to be required to certify police departments. You have towns of 10,000 – 1,000 people who elect a mayor and he sets up a police department and that’s it. No training manuals, no procedures except what they develop on the job etc., this really doesn’t protect the public. The entire nation has an interest in how police departments are constituted, because “outsiders” still have to pass through these towns. Many of these towns police act like they’re in some foreign country.

          It’s time for the legal profession to start advocating on behalf of itself. If lawyers want to have a law to work with, then they need to ensure that the law is there for all. They are the experts, they should be the vanguard in whipping the nation LE Org’s into order.

      • camanokat says:

        You are correct, looneydoone. That “war” is very profitable for a few people.

      • thejbmission says:

        Professor Leatherman,
        I totally agree with you! All drugs should be legal. If they were legal, much like alcohol they could be regulated — over 21, illegal to sell to minors, etc. and most importantly keep out the middle man, e.i. the dealer — putting drug cartels in hissy.
        The entire justice system needs to be revamped. I sickened by all of it.
        Dookhan, who is said to have admitted that she committed this fraudulent misconduct in 34,000 cases involving 60,000 evidentiary exhibits should be given 2 years for every case she deliberately mishandled.
        What this woman did was life altering and not in a good way.
        Thank you for bringing this issue to discussion.

  11. fauxmccoy says:

    following

  12. LJ says:

    This brings to mind the case of now-retired, 29-year veteran technician Deborah Madden who stole and used cocaine from a San Francisco crime lab and other highly addictive drugs, which jeopardized over 1600 cases.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/18/san-francisco-crime-lab-s_n_542102.html

  13. This is so sad and unethical. I do hope the courts take the time to review ANY and ALL cases that her “tests” helped to imprison people. There is no telling how many innocent people are behind bars because of her position and fraud. What’s scary and alarming is that there could be others like her out there, just this is the rare time that attention has been raised. Perhaps, a new law should be passed (similar to how a doctor has to have a nurse with him/her at all times when examining a patient) that all testing will have to be done in pairs or videotaped to avoid similar corruption in the future. Why would she do this? I can not see the value it gave her. I remember a case similar where a dog handler was placing bones at search sites and her lies and fraudulent convictions were discovered http://truthinjustice.org/sandra-anderson.htm … Perhaps, this lady was also seeking a warped sense of recognition.

    • bettykath says:

      Why would she do this? My first thought is that she wasn’t qualified to do the testing so she made it up. Another possibility is that she had a very high work load and couldn’t keep up. But neither of these thoughts really justify adding the real stuff to the test sample. Maybe she wanted to impress a judge or a da with how great she is. None of this is working for me. Maybe she’s an anti-drug zealot. Was there a racial component to who got convicted? She sure did print up a lot of get out jail free cards.

      • Lonnie Starr says:

        Who’s to say what she did or did not corrupt? The article says she corrupted samples that she had access to, not just the ones she worked on herself. Worse, since the evidence is destroyed after it’s tested, there’s no going back! Any case, where evidence passed through an area where she had access is suspect. Even evidence in areas she wasn’t authorized to access, but could have gone into, is suspect. It cannot be figured what she did from what she did not do.

        Also: Maybe she was hired to be the “bad apple” that would bring the for-profit-lab a whole lot of “war on drugs” work. My guess is the lab that gets the most positives gets the most assignments.

        I’ll bet there were cases where even the prosecutors were surprised by the results. They accepted them, of course, but they were surprised by them for various other reasons. Like the accused being so far from the profile, they expected a negative result. I mean really, a grandfather bus driver with a pound of cocaine in his car? Dealers in that quantity don’t drive buses. But it came back positive so who cares?

  14. Malisha says:

    When I first heard about this, a couple of weeks back, I was both chagrined and appalled. If any of the defendants had insisted that the lab results could not be trusted, they would have been labeled liars, paranoid psychotics, or both, or worse. Yet we continue to see revealed, in all of our sacred “Houses of Law,” rampant corruption, rampant unforgivable incompetence, malfeasance, misfeasance, cover-ups, misconduct, and every kind of fraud.

    The most terrible piece of this is the enormity of it. Take any one little piece of this, a hypothetical case of a defendant wrongly convicted in, say, 2004. Let’s presume it’s an African American man 22 years old. Let’s presume he has a wife and one child. Let’s follow this through to the obvious conclusion that the wife loses the house because the breadwinner can’t pay the mortgage. Her credit is ruined and she has to move; she moves in with relatives and there’s stress; the kid starts to have troubles in school and gets blamed and acts out; the wife can’t take the stress any more and can’t pay for collect calls from prison; she’s overcome with problems and ultimately files for divorce; she’s in ruins; he’s in ruins; the kid is in incipient ruins; lawyers never believed him in the first place; who’s there to help now? One evening she’s driving home from work and gets into a fender bender; it’s too much for her and she loses it and gets arrested for resisting arrest or “assault on an officer” and now SHE’s on the wrong side of the law too — all this is fiction, but is it?

    How many lives have been ruined by this official misconduct?

    Every single time you have official misconduct, lives are ruined. Nobody ever can trace it back to the rat they want to chase down the hole of “where did it start?” or “how did this happen to me?”

    Every single rat gives rise to the plague.

    This is our destruction.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      Beautifully said, Malisha. However, if you read comments on any of the articles, most people are sadly concerned that lots of “thugs” will be released from jail because of this case.

      How pitiful that so many people think that this sort of thing can’t happen to them or doesn’t happen to decent folk. There are plenty of innocent or overcharged people in US jails.

      • I prefer to follow English jurist William Blackstone’s 10:1 stance (also known as the) “Blackstone Ratio” that it is “Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.”

      • Dennis says:

        They were either real drugs or fake drugs. I’m surely not going to believe that 34,000 people had evidence falsified against them. I have no sympathy for drug dealers and addicts. The laws in this country are way too liberal. Does China have the type of violent crime we do, no. You get caught selling drugs there, you go to prison for life, end of story. They will not take that crap in their country like we do.

      • Dave says:

        Ah yes! China. Heaven on Earth.

      • Bill Taylor says:

        Dennis why do you hate LIBERTY?

      • aussie says:

        Who said they were DEALERS, Dennis?

        Are you not aware people get years in jail for possessing tiny tiny personal-use amounts of drugs? are you unaware in one State at least a person can be convicted for possessing a particular pain killer drug even if they HAVE A PRESCRIPTION FOR IT?????

        Are you unaware people can be charged with possession even if they are just PASSENGERS in a vehicle drugs are found in, even if they’ve just been offered a lift by the driver who is a mere acquaintance? That there have been CAB DRIVERS charged with possession for drugs being carried by fare-paying strangers? Have you not heard of grandmothers charged with possession for drugs hidden in their garden shed by a grandson and which they knew nothing about?

        Are you not aware that false charges of drug possession are the MOST COMMON false charges brought by corrupt police who want to “get at” someone? whether for general prejudice or anger at their illegal searches/questioning/arrests being resisted? or just to throw their weight around?

        I would be happy to see all 34,000 of those people released. None of them charged with anything under 1lb of drugs should be in there in the first place, even if they really had those drugs.

        I do hope they also DEAL WITH the idiots who did not check that woman’s qualifications when they gave her the job.

      • camanokat says:

        Drug use should be considered a public health problem, not a criminal one, and no, I don’t classify cannabis as a drug anymore than nutmeg or morning glory plants.

    • George Glass says:

      They are doing it to doctors too– corrupt program PHS, inc and USDTL a major forensic commercial drug testing lab I csahoots

      What is important here is it is not just a rogue lab tech but VP of lab operations committing fraud.

      Documents showing forensic fraud between MA State contractor and a major forensic drug testing lab. Fabrication, collusion, and crime

      http://www.reddit.com/tb/1lp9mj

  15. Two sides to a story says:

    She deserves the time if she did the crime. What in the devil was she thinking?

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