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That headline is something that the MA ACLU knows, WBUR knows, The Boston Globe knows, the MA Attorney General’s Office knows but no one, it seems, wants to come out and say. It is something I have come to know over the past year with information coming like a slow trickle out of the MA Department of Public Health.
Dookhan was released from jail two months ago after serving two and a half years of a 3 – 5 year prison term for obstruction of justice and falsification of academic records (aka she lied on her CV and said she had a masters degree when she did not). While she worked for the department of public health she considered herself part of the prosecution teams that she worked with. Be it members of the police department or the ADAs from Norfolk County, Suffolk County or even Federal ADAs Dookhan was friends with them all and the feeling was mutual.
How do I know this? She told the MA ADAs in email after email between where she excitedly cheers defendant’s convictions. In her mind she was doing the right thing. She was helping to put people away who ADAs referred to as “scumbags” and “pieces of garbage”. She was told these people posed a threat to society so what else was she supposed to do? Would you or anyone else want to be responsible for letting a dangerous person out of jail? One ADA told Dookhan and several other chemists working in the Hinton lab that she had “A personal vendetta” against a defendant.
You see Dookhan wasn’t just a lone chemist who rushed and made mistakes because she wanted to advance her career as the inspector general’s office has asserted. She was also the ADA’s ace in the hole. Because, as one Federal ADA put it “Whenever a chemist shows up to testify, the defense will take a plea 9 out of 10 times”. Which must have pleased Dookhan to no end because she told them “I want defendants to plea or stipulate”. How much more clear can this case be?
Dookhan wanted defendants to stipulate so she rigged their evidence until they did. Because when the mandatory minimum for a drug conviction is 10 years and the ADA is offering 3 how could you not take it? She hated driving to testify in cases that would plea out the minute she walked into the courtroom. In court, chemist testimony carries a lot of weight and everyone knew it, especially Dookhan and the ADAs.
Dookhan was arrested for breaking chain of evidence custody by going into the evidence safe at the Hinton lab and getting 90 samples for Norfolk county without logging them out. Why would she do that? Because of all the MA ADAs offices she helped, Norfolk county was by far her favorite. After all two of her favorite ADAs worked there.
One of her favorites, George (or GEORGIIIIEEEEEEE as Dookhan called him) Papachristos resigned shortly after this case broke. The other, who calls herself “The Debanator”, still works for the Norfolk County ADA’s office and once referred to herself as a “chemist Khan (Dookhan’s maiden name) hog.” As for Dookhan and GEORGIIIIEEEEEE, that will have to wait for my next post…
I have attached what I call the Dookhan white paper to this blog. In it are email after email that paints a very clear picture of what was going on between the Hinton lab and the ADAs office.
This case and the case of Sonja Farak are not about these chemists. They are about the corruption of our criminal justice system at the hands of the drug war. Because of the harsh sentencing laws in our state, these chemists were allowed to run wild on our criminal justice system and in the lives of tens of thousands of mostly low income, mostly minority citizens of this state.
My question to the Maura Healy and the people’s law office is what people count? Do low income people’s lives count? Do they count as much as the egos and the reputations of some in the DA’s offices around the state? So far the answer to that question has been a resounding no.
In fact the MA ADAs refuse to even release all the names of the people affected by these chemist cases to the ACLU. They don’t want to let go of their precious convictions. They are like the Gollum of the MA criminal justice system, holding their precious cases until it is their ultimate undoing.
My hope is that people read the white paper attached to this post and come to their own and get mad. I hope they contact their elected officials and the DAs office and demand that they open an independent investigation into the conduct of the ADAs with Annie Dookhan. Also people should demand that all people who had evidence tested by Dookhan have that evidence thrown out immediately without further expensive investigation.
How much longer do people who had their evidence rigged by a corrupt chemist have to be in jail? This case has cost tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars. How much longer do the people affected by this need to wait for justice? Annie Dookhan White Paper
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
“Past thoughts are traceless, clear and empty. Future thoughts are unproduced and fresh. The present moment abides naturally and unconstructed.”
I am stealing that title from a Leo Tolstoy book that was printed at the turn of the 20th century. The profound logic in regards to what exactly makes a person a slave encompassed in this book still ring true today. “Slavery never goes away” says Tolstoy “it just changes forms”. The form of the modern slave is that of an inmate.
The above link details the horrific story of former Pennsylvania Judge Mark Ciavarella who is a modern slave trader. This ” judge”, along with his real estate developer pal Robert K. Mericle helped to close down the county jail in his district and replace it with a private institution that Mericle would get the contract to build. Once the new jail was finished, Ciavarella started sending kids to this jail for things like creative a negative web site and taking your mom’s car for a joy ride. Which apparently was a harsh enough offense to get a teenager two years in private prison. This insanity must end.
I do not blame the judge for this crime. I don’t think sending him to jail will prevent this from ever happening again. Human greed is the issue here. We need to take profit out of our prison system. That is the reality. How many more millions of dollars will we spend trying to affix band aids to this problem before we realize that there is no solution?
As with all the problems of our society the blame rests at the feet of our TV addicted ignorant populace. This is the other form of slavery that current has our souls in its grasp. We don’t want to hear about these problems. We just want to be able to come home, turn on the tube and forget our troubles. However these troubles don’t go away just because we don’t pay attention to them. They get worse and worse until no matter what we do, we can’t escape them.
That is the reality of our current situation. The government can’t fix these problems because they don’t want to and aren’t being told to. They aren’t told because overall people are ignorant to these problems. The news and TV shows they watch are all about good guy cops sticking it to bad guy drug dealers. What they don’t show is the human toll our justice system takes on our society.
More people are currently in jail than were slaves at the height of slavery. People convicted of a felony are not allowed to vote. That is exactly what they did to the slaves. If you don’t allow people who you repress to vote out your repressive system, then you are free to do whatever you want. As long as you keep the general voting public ignorant to what you do and why you do it.
This dire situation is totally in our control. The American people can no longer sit idly by while their fellow citizens are stripped of their rights and used as human cattle. Now is the time to act or as Frederick Douglas said Agitate, Agitate, Agitate. Call your representatives, DEMAND the end to the drug war, and once again make this a country where ALL men are created equal. Freedom is too precious a thing to send to the whorehouse to be used and then discarded. The time to act is now.