In what may signal a wave of such actions, a judge Wednesday ordered the release a convicted drug dealer from prison 2 1/2 years early because evidence in his case was handled at a troubled state crime laboratory. Superior Court Judge Paul Troy vacated the conviction of David Danielli after learning that 500 suspected oxycodone pills Danielli allegedly possessed were tested by Annie Dookhan, a chemist at the state lab in Jamaica Plain. Dookhan’s alleged mishandling may have jeopardized thousands of cases.
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