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Crime lab errors create overload for prosecutors

Dookhan ‘like a natural disaster’

WORCESTER — The ripple effects of a chemist’s shoddy and allegedly criminal work in a state crime lab will be felt for years, but should not surprise, said a state prosecutor.

With 38 chemists joining the state’s crime labs, it will still be years before the evidence backlog recedes, said Curtis Wood, undersecretary of forensic science and technology.

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