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Mass. Prosecutors Seek Help after Drug Lab Cases

Amherst Crime Lab

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts district attorneys say they’re undertaking internal case reviews to determine if any of their prosecutions involved a chemist accused of stealing drugs at a state lab in Amherst.

Last month, a chemist at a lab in Boston was indicted on charges in a case that threatens to unravel thousands of drug convictions.

The Massachusetts District Attorneys Association said Sunday prosecutors remain committed to ensuring the rights of defendants are respected and will remain proactive in identifying possibly compromised cases and notifying defense attorneys.

The association says the fallout from the Boston case includes experienced prosecutors being taken out of rotation to serve on Department of Public Health task forces. It urges lawmakers to give prosecutors the resources they need to ensure “proper functioning” of the state’s criminal justice system.

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