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Wilkins v. United States - New First Circuit Opinion

Wilkins v. United States

Docket: 13-1637 Opinion Date: June 3, 2014
Judge: Selya
Areas of Law: Criminal Law

In 2012, it was discovered that Annie Dookhan, a chemist at a Massachusetts testing laboratory, falsely certified drug-test results. In this case, the drugs found in Appellant's possession were sent to the state testing laboratory, and Dookhan certified that the drugs were crack cocaine. Appellant was subsequently indicted for possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. Appellant pleaded guilty to the offense and was sentenced to a term of imprisonment. Although there was no direct evidence that Dookhan had committed misconduct in this case, Appellant filed a motion to set aside his conviction and vacate his guilty plea based on the scandal. The district court denied Appellant's motion. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that Appellant did not meet his burden of proving there was a reasonable probability that he would not have pleaded guilty had he known of Dookhan's transgressions.

The full opinion can be found here: http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca1/13-1637/13-1637-2014-06-03.html

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