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Prosecutor with ties to drug lab chemist resigns

The Norfolk County prosecutor who carried on an unusual and sometimes personal e-mail correspondence with controversial state chemist Annie Dookhan abruptly resigned Wednesday, saying he did not want to be “a further distraction” from the investigation into criminal misconduct in the state drug lab in Jamaica Plain.

The Globe reported Wednesday that George Papachristos, an assistant district attorney who prosecuted numerous drug cases in which Dookhan provided the drug analysis, exchanged dozens of ­e-mails with Dookhan, some veering into personal subjects. At one point during the correspondence that spanned at least two years, Dookhan’s husband tried to contact Papachristos directly, apparently out of concern that the two were having an affair.

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