Massachusetts to throw out 8,000 convictions after state lab chemist admits to cooking and smoking crack in the lab Scandal
December 28, 2017
Prosecutors from across Massachusetts have tallied more than 8,000 convictions they say will be dismissed because they are tainted by a scandal at the state drug lab, according to new court filings by the Massachusetts attorney general.
The cases involved analysis by lab chemist Sonja Farak, who was both testing and consuming drugs seized by the police for eight years.
In April, prosecutors agreed to dismiss around 21,000 criminal drug cases because of another scandal involving a different state chemist, Annie Dookhan
Perhaps tens of thousands of people were imprisoned based on falsified or inaccurate data.