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Estimate of drug lab scandal costs overblown, Patrick says

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.

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