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Mass. justice sends two drug lab cases to high court

A justice of the state’s highest court agreed Wednesday to ask the full court to decide two cases in which prosecutors are challenging how lower courts handle thousands of drug convictions jeopardized by what they say was a chemist’s misconduct.

The chemist, Annie Dookhan, is accused of faking results at a state drug-testing lab. The scandal has thrown the state’s judicial system into turmoil, as officials deal with thousands of challenges to cases.

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Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford heard argu­ments Wednesday from a prosecutor who challenged the authority of retired judges ­appointed as special magistrates to handle the cases.

Botsford also heard from defense lawyers, who asked the high court to come up with a ‘‘global remedy’’ to deal with the thousands of convicted drug offenders.

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