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SJC asked to free inmates

The American Civil Liberties Union and the state’s public defender agency are asking the state’s highest court to release thousands of people convicted for drug crimes based on evidence tested by former state chemist Annie Dookhan, who has admitted to falsifying results over nine years.

Dookhan is currently under indictment, and the lab where she worked, a Department of Public Health facility at the Hinton Laboratory in Jamaica Plain, has been closed. The Patrick administration has estimated Dookhan’s alleged misdeeds affected 34,000 cases while the ACLU and the Committee on Public Counsel Services say as many as 190,000 cases should be dismissed.

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