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Coakley calls for independent drug lab probe

Attorney General Martha Coakley is asking the governor to appoint an independent inves­tigator to review the policies, practices, and oversight at the state laboratory in Jamaica Plain where a chemist’s alleged mishandling of evidence has thrown thousands of drug cases into question.

The attorney general’s office wants to focus on a criminal inves­tigation of Annie Dookhan, the chemist from Franklin at the center of the drug lab scandal, and let the inde­pendent investigator take a broader look at the problem.

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