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The Boston Globe


Lawyers preparing for challenges of cases tied to embattled chemist

Trade groups representing public defenders and private ­attorneys across the state have been preparing guidelines for lawyers to challenge thousands of cases that have been potentially jeopardized by wrongdoing at a state drug testing lab.

The Committee for Public Counsel Services and the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have been crafting the guidelines to help lawyers file motions for reduced bail, or new trials, based on worries that a state chemist may have tainted evidence in their cases.

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