More court sessions set to deal with lab fallout
BOSTON (AP) - Special court sessions are being set up around Massachusetts to handle the legal challenges expected by drug defendants in the wake of a scandal at a state drug testing lab.
Chemist Annie Dookhan was charged with obstruction of justice last week after allegedly acknowledging to state police that she failed to follow testing protocols and altered results at the now-closed lab.
Court administrators announced Monday that hearings will be held in Suffolk Superior Court the weeks of Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 for defendants currently serving sentences in Suffolk County cases in which Dookhan tested samples.
Administrators said Tuesday judges have also been assigned to run special sessions in district courts in Fall River, Salem, Cambridge, Dedham, Brockton, Springfield, Worcester, Barnstable and other courts. No dates have been set.
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