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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence and DUI-Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Nichols Reacts to Prison Sentence for Lab Analyst

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Michael J. Nichols

A disgraced forensic lab analyst for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was ordered to serve prison time on November 21st, 2013 for a practice known as "dry labbing" and other fraud. The bogus lab reports by Annie Dookham led to the release of both guilty and innocent defendants in the Massachusetts criminal justice system.

Mike Nichols is a DUI-criminal defense attorney in East Lansing who also teaches forensic evidence in criminal law at WMU/Cooley Law School in Lansing. He says the case is probably a rarity but not a total shock: "Ms. Dookham is an illustration of exactly the nature of every single forensic lab report in the United States - human influence on a so-called scientific procedure."

Coverage of the Dookham story can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/us/prison-for-state-chemist-who-faked-drug-evidence.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0

Nichols says that depending on the individual culture, any given crime lab can be a cesspool of shoddy work resulting from an emphasis on volume over quality. "We see such dynamics all over, including the toxicology lab in Lansing, which is under enormous pressure to crank out results quickly."

For the lawyers who lead the way in forensic evidence and stay involved in the leading issues and news that may impact your case, contact the lawyers at the Nichols Law Firm at 517.432.9000. Find out why we are committed to results.

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Peer Recognition

Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

Mike Nichols is recognized by his peers in Michigan as a “SuperLawyer” in DUI/Criminal Defense. Nichols has also been asked to speak at conferences by groups such as the NCDD; Various Bar Associations in other states.