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 a wave of potentially 136,000 criminal cases that the chemist at the heart of the scandal may have handled during her nine years working for the state. In a letter sent to the Patrick administration on Wednesday, Judge Robert Mulligan and Court Administrator Harry Spence said the funds requested would pay for 18 months of litigation.
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