Justice delayed: The prolonged resolution of the Dookhan crime lab scandal
WGBH - 05/17/2017
Prosecutors deserve credit for engaging in the painstaking process of analyzing the merits of each affected conviction and ultimately doing the right thing. But they did so only after the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts put a figurative gun to their heads. In January, the SJC imposed a deadline for prosecutors to determine which cases they wanted to drop and which ones they envisioned retrying; that deadline expired on the day of the prosecutors’ announcement. The SJC order came on the heels of years of bitter litigation in which prosecutors often fought tooth-and-nail against dismissing the cases, even against providing robust notification to the affected defendants about their rights and remedies.