A Monday hearing before Justice Botsford of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court confirmed that most Dookhan-involved drug convictions, numbering in the thousands, will be dismissed when a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the national ACLU, the state public defender agency CPCS, and Fick & Marx LLP comes to an end. In a landmark opinion last week in the case—Bridgeman v. District Attorney—the SJC called on prosecutors to dismiss “large numbers” of Dookhan cases. Today a prosecutor acknowledged that the number of cases slated for re-prosecution will be “much smaller” than the number of cases that District Attorneys will agree to dismiss.
The following statement may be attributed to Matthew R. Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts:
For more information about last week's ruling in Bridgeman, click here.