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Court Session for Drug Cases Marred by Confusion


By LINDSEY ANDERSON, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Confusion has marred the first special court session to handle criminal cases being challenged because of the alleged mishandling of drug samples by a Massachusetts chemist.

The Friday session in Boston Municipal Court was set up to hear cases in which Annie Dookhan tested drug samples. Dookhan has been charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly skirting protocols and faking test results at a now-closed state drug lab.

Only one out of seven cases heard during the morning session involved samples tested by Dookhan.

Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley says the list of defendants brought in for hearings was put together “hastily” by court officials without input from prosecutors.

The defendant who had drugs tested by Dookhan had his case put on hold and was expected to be released Friday after posting $500 bail.