|Credit: Chemical and Engineering News|
According to a police report obtained by the Boston Globe, Dookhan told investigators that she forged coworkers’ initials on reports for mass spectrometer calibrations, intentionally contaminated samples, and engaged in “dry-labbing”—identifying narcotics by sight rather than by chemical analysis. In interviews with police, several colleagues said they’d expressed concern to supervisors about Dookhan’s unusually high productivity. Her résumé lists a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, but she does not hold that credential according to school officials.
“This is a calamity,” says Justin J. McShane, a defense attorney in Harrisburg, Pa., who is closely watching the case. Because the evidence Dookhan allegedly mishandled was more than likely destroyed in the normal course of business, no traceable information exists to correctly characterize samples in thousands of drug cases, he explains.I think it is worth noting that the impact that the Annie Dookhan scandal has had, and will have on both individuals and institutions is pretty huge. (It easily rivals the Sheri Sangji case with both its breadth and depth of impact.) It sounds like people went to prison (or went to prison longer) because of Ms. Dookhan's misdeeds -- what a travesty.