Chemist in Mass. lab scandal refuses to testify
Annie Dookhan, center, is escorted from a Boston courthouse after refusing to testify in a drug case against Shawn Drumgold, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. A lawyer for Shawn Drumgold asked a judge in Roxbury District Court to dismiss two drug charges against her client because Dookhan’s initials appear on a drug analysis form indicating she tested the suspected cocaine and heroin. Dookhan is accused of faking drug results, forging signatures and mixing samples a state police lab. State police say Dookhan tested more than 60,000 drug samples involving 34,000 defendants during her nine years at the lab. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
BOSTON (AP) — A chemist at the center of a Massachusetts drug lab scandal has refused to testify in a drug case against a Boston man who once spent 15 years in prison for the slaying of a 12-year-old girl he says he did not commit.
A lawyer for Shawn Drumgold asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss two drug charges because chemist Annie Dookhan’s initials appear on a drug analysis form indicating she tested the suspected cocaine and heroin.
Dookhan is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly skirting protocols and faking test results at the now-closed lab.
Prosecutors say Dookhan’s name appears on a certificate used in court only as a notary and not as a tester of the substances.
Dookhan was in court but exercised her Fifth Amendment right not to testify.