ThisIsIt wrote:Looks like more than 21,000 drug convictions in Massachusetts will be tossed because of crooked chemist. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/21000-drug-convictions-may-be-thrown-out-chemist-annie-dookhan-tampering/
Heard the story driving home, it took years to catch her, apparently co-workers reported her multiple times and nothing was done until a new supervisor took over. Got to figure the vast majority were probably guilty but now the burden will be on the prosecutors to prove their cases again without the drug data, so most will simply be dismissed.
Yup yup! This happened in my neck of the woods. Report I heard on the radio this morning said that only a few hundred of the cases are likely to be re-tried. Lot of lucky criminals out there.
I think the war of drugs is simply a huge waste in terms of resources across the board and that if we treated illicit drugs the same way we treat legal recreational drugs we'd be far better off (e.g. like in Portugal), but that being said...
The discussion on this was a bit ridiculous because it seemed to be predicated on the assumptions that all these convictions got people who were actually innocent of the charges. Doesn't seem to believable that more than a handful of the convictions didn't occur to people who were in fact guilty of what they were charged, unless there are a whole lot of folks out there running into the cops with mysterious substances resembling illicit drugs.