Annie Dookhan, Aaron Hernandez and the complicated vision of American justice
WGBH - 04/18/2017
Today marks the end of the time period imposed by the Supreme Judicial Court in January requiring prosecutors to make final decisions about the estimated 24,000 Massachusetts criminal drug cases tainted by the misconduct of Annie Dookhan, a state chemist whose fraudulent activity at the Hinton Crime Lab in Jamaica Plain came to light more than four years ago. Prosecutors must decide which of the affected cases should be dropped and which ones might be retried. No matter what happens, today promises to represent one of the largest, if not the largest, mass dismissal of criminal cases in American history.