CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts | Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:55pm EST
(Reuters) – Investigators have identified 10,000 people convicted or accused of crimes based on evidence handled by a Massachusetts state crime lab chemist who falsified tests, and officials said they planned review thousands more cases dating back nine years.
David Meier, a former prosecutor appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to lead the investigation, said his team initially had identified 2,000 people imprisoned or held on bail because of evidence tested by crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan, a governor’s office spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Investigators have now identified about 8,000 more people who have been convicted or were on probation or parole, bringing the total to about 10,000 people, he said.
So far 195 people have been released from prison pending new trials as a result of the investigation.
In August, Dookhan told investigators she “screwed up big time” by intentionally contaminating samples, forging approvals and failing to follow procedures, according to a police report.