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Annie Dookhan Ordered To Pay Wrongly Convicted Man $2 Million

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Massachusetts has awarded more than $2 million to a man wrongly convicted by a former state drug lab chemist who pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and falsifying tests.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/2sYlWlx ) the judge has determined 53-year-old Leonardo Johnson is entitled to compensatory and punitive damages, saying Annie Dookhan gave “false testimony to convict an innocent man.”

dookhan Annie Dookhan Ordered To Pay Wrongly Convicted Man $2 Million

Annie Dookhan in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Nov. 22, 2013. (WBZ-TV)

Johnson had served 15 months in prison following his conviction in 2009.

Dookhan had testified there was a presence of cocaine in the drug sample Johnson sold to an undercover officer.

Johnson tells the Globe, “ain’t no way, no how a cashew can turn into crack.”

Dookhan pleaded guilty in November 2013 and was sentenced to three years in prison. She has been released on parole.

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