A Massachusetts chemist faces felony charges for falsifying chemical tests in narcotics cases. Annie Dookhan made up her degree along with her results when pretending to test thousands of drugs and even testifying about the results under oath.
The Nassau County lab in New York State was just shut down for similar reasons last year. These issues are dangerous to everyone involved, from the prosecutors trying the case to the wrongfully convicted defendants. The next few posts will discuss how a forensic lab works to control accuracy and the fallout from lying chemists.