The nation’s crime labs are no strangers to scandal. Last year in Massachusetts, bogus testing by former chemist Annie Dookhan called into question tens of thousands of cases and led to the release of more than 300 people from the state’s prisons.
There are currently no uniform standards or regulations for forensic labs. Congress could take up legislation this year to improve oversight, but critics are skeptical.
Dookhan sentenced to prison.
Mills, the first time sentenced to retraining.
Mills, the second time fired.
Impact on military cases – zero.