Friday, October 18, 2013

"Justice", Massachusetts Style...

Defense: 1-year sentence enough in lab scandal
BOSTON — Prosecutors asked that a chemist charged in a far-reaching scandal at a Massachusetts drug-testing lab serve five to seven years in state prison if she pleads guilty in a case that has jeopardized thousands of criminal convictions.

Annie Dookhan has caused "egregious damage" to the state's criminal justice system, the attorney general's office wrote in a sentencing memo filed in court Thursday. A defense lawyer said he would seek a year in jail for his client.
A year in jail for deliberately tainting thousands of drug-related cases, causing convicted criminals to walk free and countless others to escape prosecution. Yeah, that sounds fair. I imagine if she had set the drug lab on fire they might really throw the book at her and recommend she serve 18 months.

Again, I am compelled to point out that owning the wrong chunk of metal can result in a jail sentence five times what which they are trying to sentence Ms. Dookhan with...

That is all.

4 comments:

Old NFO said...

Makes you wonder about the 'mentality' of the law enforcement and DA community up there...

Ed said...

How many chemists did it require to replace that one chemist?

This whole case says terrible things about the QC and supervision in that lab.

Chris said...

This kind of revelation will occur every few years, in different places, until there is separation of crime labs and state. Talk about conflict of interest!

Charles Pergiel said...

+1 Ed