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The Boston Globe


Costs climb in state drug lab scandal

In its first detailed tally of the impact of the drug lab controversy, the state’s judiciary said it needs $8.72 million to deal with legal challenges to as many as 136,000 criminal cases in which evidence was allegedly mishandled by a state drug lab chemist.

In a letter sent to the Patrick administration Wednesday, Judge Robert Mulligan, the top judge for administration, and Court Administrator Harry Spence said the funds would pay for 18 months of litigation related to chemist Annie Dookhan’s actions over nine years working for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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