December 5th, 2012
Marvin Schechter was a guest on NPR’s “The Take Away” Monday morning to discuss the situation with Annie Dookhan at the Hinton Crime Lab. Marvin was a co-author of 2009’s groundbreaking National Academies of Science report critiquing the current state of forensic science in the United States. He has also presented at NEIP trainings about the NAS Report and forensic science.
Major problems have emerged at the Hinton State Crime Lab located in Jamaica Plain after evidence emerged that a chemist working in the lab since 2003 was not following lab protocols and in some cases, may have deliberately tampered with evidence. Reports suggest that chemist Annie Dookhan worked on over 60,000 samples potentially affecting up to 34,000 criminal cases.