7 defendants gain relief in cases tied to state lab scandal
Seven defendants were granted relief in the widening drug-lab scandal. Of those, at least three are in the country illegally and face deportation even if they post bail. Since Monday, about 83 cases in Suffolk County have been heard in special session and 39 people who were serving sentences have been either granted bail or had their convictions overturned. Court workers have been putting in overtime to deal with the cases, and police are asking for more state money to monitor those released.