October 31, 2012 /EIN Presswire/
-- Cape Cod criminal defense attorney
James Powderly is pleased to announce the release of his client, Robert Annunziata, from state prison.
Cape Cod criminal defense attorney James Powderly is pleased to announce the release of his client, Robert Annunziata, from state prison. Earlier this year in January 2012, Mr. Annunziata was convicted of trafficking nearly half a kilo of crack cocaine in Fall River Superior Court. Mr. Annunziata was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 15 years in state prison. This past Thursday (October 25, 2012), Mr. Annunziata was released from prison just 10 months after his 15-year sentence had been imposed.
Mr. Annunziata's release was the result of recent revelations of serious misconduct and improprieties that occurred at the Jamaica Plain State Laboratory involving chemist Annie Dookhan. Despite the laboratory becoming aware of Ms. Dookhan's breach of protocol and placing her on suspension back in June of 2011, Ms. Dookhan was called as an expert witness and testified at the 2012 trial of Robert Annunziata. Despite having been suspended and relieved of her analyst duties, Ms. Dookhan testified as if she was currently in good standing and the defense was not notified about Ms. Dookhan's misconduct.
"The integrity of Mr. Annunziata's trial was impaired in this case when a deceitful rogue chemist took the stand against him. But to now know she was actually under suspension at the time of her testimony and that her suspension was hidden from the defense is inexplicable and has done lasting damage to the integrity of the Massachusetts justice system" said attorney James Powderly
. The drug laws in Massachusetts are some of the most draconian in the nation. Drug trafficking crimes are one of the few offenses for which a person faces a much lighter sentence in federal court than in the Massachusetts state court.
According to attorney Powderly, "the war on drugs has been a complete and utter failure. Prosecuting this war, which has essentially been a war on the people, has done nothing at all to decrease the supply or demand for drugs in our country. It is an absurdity that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will impose a punishment of 15 years to a young man with no record who is in possession of 200 grams of cocaine. This is an irrelevant amount that has absolutely no effect on the actual supply of cocaine in a city like Fall River. To make matters worse, it is now apparent that thousands of defendants in Massachusetts, who were on the receiving end of these overly harsh penalties, were unwittingly victims to a state agent who had no qualms about tainting and fabricating the very evidence that was being used against them."
James Powderly is a criminal defense attorney
who serves individuals in and around Cape Cod. He is prepared to defend those who are facing a wide variety of criminal charges, involving drug crimes, sex crimes, and alcohol-related driving offenses. To learn more about his services, contact him today by calling 508-343-0676.
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