Absent significant additional reforms, Massachusetts will face another drug lab scandal of the proportions experienced when the criminal misconduct of state chemist Annie Dookhan came to light in July of 2012. So concludes the Boston Bar Association in the newly released report
of its Task Force on the Drug Lab Crisis.
"The integrity of forensic evidence is vital to the fair administration of justice," said Boston Bar Association President Paul T. Dacier. "Without constant vigilance and frequent, independent auditing, Massachusetts runs the risk of undermining public trust and confidence in the credibility of our criminal justice system."
The BBA Task Force, chaired by former federal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney Michael Ricciuti, makes three key recommendations...