Inspector General Glenn Cunha will take over the investigation of the operations of the Jamaica Plain drug lab where former state chemist Annie Dookhan allegedly tainted evidence in thousands of cases, Governor Deval Patrick said Monday.
In a statement, Patrick said Cunha will take over the sweeping inquiry into the closed Department of Public Health lab where Dookhan worked from 2003 to 2012, replacing Attorney General Martha Coakley, who will continue to pursue the criminal investigation into Dookhan.
Coakley’s position in seeking to prosecute Dookhan, along with her office’s prior advocacy of the quality of the science at the lab in courthouses earlier this year, led the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts to seek her ouster from the lab investigation.
“Inspector General Cunha brings the necessary independence and experience to the task and enjoys the support of both prosecutors and the defense bar,” Patrick said in announcing the change to Cunha. “I look forward to his findings.”
Cunha was named inspector general in July and previously had been an assistant attorney general who led investigations into the Chelsea Housing Authority, human trafficking, and other criminal matters.
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