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Menino seeks $15m to handle release of prisoners

As a Boston courthouse held its first special session for drug cases tainted by the involvement of chemist Annie Dookhan, Mayor Thomas M. Menino sought $15 million from the Patrick administration to handle the potential release of hundreds of inmates.

An estimated 600 prisoners in ­Suffolk County, many with extensive criminal histories, could have their convictions tossed out because of suspected evidence tampering at a state drug testing laboratory by Dookhan, prosecutors say.

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