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Former prosecutor to oversee review of drug lab cases

Governor Deval Patrick said today that David Meier, a former Suffolk County homicide prosecutor now in private practice, will lead the central office set up to review thousands of criminal cases potentially tainted by the mishandling of drug evidence in a state lab.

Patrick said Meier, a partner at Todd & Weld in Boston, will oversee officials from a range of state and federal agencies as well as defense attorneys and prosecutors who will sift through the 34,000 criminal cases that may have been jeopardized in the scandal at the now-shuttered Department of Public Health lab in Jamaica Plain.

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