Governor Deval Patrick said this morning that the state public defender agency’s $332 million estimate of the drug lab scandal’s added costs is overblown. Patrick said the agency’s estimate is based on the cost of having to retry everyone convicted on drug evidence tested by the state’s tainted lab over the past nine or 10 years — or about 190,000 cases. “That’s not the universe of cases,” Patrick said, putting the number closer to 34,000.
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