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Chemist Charged In Crime Lab Scandal | October 8, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 41 | Chemical & Engineering News

Chemist Charged In Crime Lab Scandal | October 8, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 41 | Chemical & Engineering News

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" Dookhan told investigators that she forged coworkers’ initials on reports for mass spectrometer calibrations, intentionally contaminated samples, and engaged in “dry-labbing”—identifying narcotics by sight rather than by chemical analysis. In interviews with police, several colleagues said they’d expressed concern to supervisors about Dookhan’s unusually high productivity. Her résumé lists a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, but she does not hold that credential according to school officials."

Why would she do these things?

Police arrested a Massachusetts forensic chemist on Sept. 28. Annie Dookhan allegedly tampered with drug evidence in criminal cases, forged colleagues’ signatures, and faked her academic credentials while working at a state crime lab. The unfolding investigation, which could upend thousands of narcotics convictions, has already led to the shutdown of the lab and the resignation of the state public health commissioner who oversaw it.

Dookhan, 34, was charged with obstructing justice by lying about the integrity of evidence, as well as about her academic qualifications. She is thought to have tested some 60,000 drug samples during her career at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute, a state crime lab. “Annie Dookhan’s alleged actions corrupted the integrity of the entire criminal justice system,” Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said at a press conference.

"During a recent hearing, Dookhan’s attorney, Nicholas Gordon, said his client made mistakes trying to be the top chemist — and then tried to cover up those mistakes.

“Her motivation is to be the hardest working and most prolific and most productive chemist that she could possibly be, and that’s how this whole mess begins,” he said."

At least that's her defense, but it appears she was trying to get ahead in anyway she could, even if it meant breaking the rules of professional conduct, and having no regard for other people and their lives.

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