Legislative Oversight Hearing on Drug Lab Cases in Boston
In a legislative hearing on Wednesday at the Massachusetts State House, more information was provided on the status of the cases handled by a chemist at the state drug lab mired in scandal.
Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety, Mary Beth Heffernan, says 195 defendants have been released onto the streets because of the alleged mishandling of evidence at The Hinton lab.
She didn't say what kinds of crimes they had been convicted of, but pointed out that just because they have been freed, doesn't mean they've been exonerated
According to the state'S attorney general, it could have been the pressure to keep up with the backlog of cases that led Annie Dookhan, the chemist at the center of the scandal, to falsify test results in the first place.