Approximately 24,000 drug convictions in Massachusetts that were tainted by a former state drug lab chemist who pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and falsifying tests have been dismissed.
'That is a victory for regular people, for people who've been tarnished by these drug convictions,' said Carl Williams, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, according to CNN.
Dookhan worked testing drug samples submitted by law enforcement agencies from 2003 until 2012.
The vast majority of 24,000 drug cases potentially tainted by former state chemist Annie Dookhan will be dismissed by mid-April, according to The Boston Globe. This makes it the single largest dismissal of criminal convictions in U.S. history, according to the ACLU.
Only a few hundred cases are expected to remain open to prosecution.