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Judge says state’s chief medical examiner was victim of ‘smear campaign’

A long-dormant ethical accusation against Dr. Henry Nields, the state’s chief medical examiner, has been formally rejected by a Superior Court judge who labeled it as a “smear campaign’’ by a disgruntled former colleague.

Nields had been accused of fabricating his credentials in an affidavit by Dr. C. Stanton Kessler, a former acting chief medical examiner for Massachusetts who left the state and was then rebuffed in repeated attempted to get rehired, according to the ruling by Barnstable Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson.

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