The highest court in Massachusetts confirmed the dismissal Wednesday evening of more than 20,000 drug cases tied to a now-incarcerated chemist. Annie Dookahn pleaded guilty back in 2013 to doctoring the results of upwards of 34,000 drug tests while working at the Hinton State Laboratory — amounting to one in six of the criminal drug cases tried in Massachusetts between 2003 and 2012.The actual consequences of this reverasl** are minor, since Mass effectively decriminalized possession a long time ago. Only a few of those cases involved jail time; those few were professional criminals who were violating lots of laws all the time. The vast majority of simple possession cases were fines, and most of the defendants didn't care about getting their money back. Cops and criminals are vastly more scientific than "scientists". Cops arrest people for visible and observable actions, and criminals know what they were visibly and observably doing. Still, this "chemist" got away with intentionally falsifying everything for 10 years. The prosecutors were able to cite the tests because the tests were "science". Why aren't they also in jail? It's simple. Experts are paid to be wrong. ** Footnote: Mistyped, decided to leave it that way! Slef-explanatroy tpyo.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.