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Annie Dookhan’s attorney pushes for 1-year sentence

Ex-drug lab chemist says her life has been destroyed

Annie Dookhan, the former chemist whose alleged misdeeds have freed hundreds of convicted drug dealers and cost taxpayers million of dollars, was driven to taint evidence by her desire to stand out at work, not because she was “black-hearted,” her lawyer said in court Friday.

Dookhan’s motivation for deliberately mishandling evidence at the now-closed Department of Public Health lab in Boston was a key issue raised during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court, where Dookhan may soon plead guilty to 27 criminal charges, including eight counts of tampering with evidence.

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