Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Oopsie!

UMass: Chemist In State Drug Lab Scandal Did Not Earn Master’s
BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The chemist at the center of the state drug lab scandal testified under oath that she holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, but school officials said on Tuesday that they have no record of her receiving an advanced degree or taking graduate courses there.

Annie Dookhan also listed a master’s degree from UMass-Boston on a 2011 resume.
The state is accusing Dookhan of mishandling drug samples submitted by local police agencies. She testified under oath that she had a Master's Degree from the University of Massachusetts system. The University system is claiming otherwise. Now, one of the two entities is lying, and I'm inclined to believe U. Mass here - they've got a hell of a lot more to lose if they're wrong.

Now, with that said, it's pretty telling that the MA State drug lab didn't do even the most cursory of background checks on this person to make sure they held the credentials they claimed. She worked at the State Drug Lab since 2003, meaning that for nearly 10 years she has benefited monetarily from a degree she does not possess. I wonder if they'll go after her for fraud as well as perjury?

It's tempting to speculate on the mishandling of specimens. Is she a libertarian who believes that the War on (Some) Drugs only hurts innocent people? Did she intend to cast into doubt every single drug conviction ever obtained in the state of Massachusetts from 2003 to present that relied on the state's testing? Was it just laziness? I doubt we'll ever know, but I do have one piece of advice for Ms. Dookhan:

I see the phrase "Do you want fries with that?" in your employment future...

That is all.

12 comments:

PISSED said...

The "state" should be going after fauxcahontus for lying.

libertyman said...

Jay -- are you new to Massachusetts? Did you just step off the Greyhound from Paducah? Do you think there will be ANY repercussions for Ms. Warren or Ms. Dookhan?

Anonymous said...

Massachusetts- Home of the Whopper!

Gerry

Geodkyt said...

I think everyone with a "recreational pharmaceutical" bust where lab analysis (any lab -- the state lab, DEA, a private contractor) was part of the evidence during her tenure should appeal, and demand that the state prove that:

A. she had ZERO impact on the lab results

and,

B. That everyone who handled the samples in question is verified as being qualified at the time of their involvement to do whatever they did.

I think a good lawyer can spin this into doubt as to the credentials of anyone the state criminal system trusted to do technical work. They missed something that Wal-Mart would have checked before putting a person in a position of trust and authority, like this whopper, didn't they?

Borepatch said...

Geodkyt nailed it. All those convicts should even be able to get a public defender (i.e. State has expense of trial, State has expense of public defenders).

The punch line, of course, is that nobody's career in the State Drug Lab will be effected in the slightest.

Skip said...

Same sh#t happened in San Fran.
A buncha dopers let go.

Anonymous said...

This is the state that put political correctness ahead of public safety and hired Big Dig inspectors with no engineering education or construction inspection experience. Met their AA/EEO quotas though.

- The Senator

Old NFO said...

Sounds like you can claim ANYTHING in Mass and get away with it... First Warren, now this...

Ed said...

The reputation of any University of Massachusetts campus Professor/Assistant Professor/Lecturer of Chemistry that ever taught her is on the line here. You can be sure that they thoroughly checked their records to determine whether she ever attended a course in Chemistry in the U.Mass system, whether she successfully completed a course, and whether she earned a degree of any type in any major course of study.

Ed said...

Here is more information, including a photocopy of a 2003 resume under her maiden name, Annie S. Khan:

http://www.necn.com/common/medialib/304/897007.pdf

Note the "Sep 2002 to Present" date for her Master's degree, which is ambiguous as to what date she was awarded the degree. It may be that she was incorrectly claiming that she was working on the degree during that period.

The following article claims that she does have a Bachelor's degree from U.Mass Boston:

http://www.necn.com/common/medialib/304/897007.pdf

Here are the current requirements for a Biochemistry Bachelor degree from U.Mass Boston, which may have changed over the past decade:

http://www.necn.com/09/26/12/Annie-Dookhan-facing-new-accusations/landing.html?blockID=779357&feedID=11106

I do not have a copy of the requirements at the time she was working on the undergraduate degree.

Ed said...

Well, a cut and paste (or two) did not work well in the above comment (my error). Here are the current U.Mass Boston B.S. Biochemistry degree requirements:

http://omega.cc.umb.edu/~biochem/documents/BIOCHEM15.pdf

Amiable Dorsai said...

The War on Drugs is nothing but a political sideshow that ruins people's lives without improving society at all. End it. End it now.