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Defense: 1-Year Sentence Enough in Lab Scandal

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By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Massachusetts chemist charged in a far-reaching scandal at a state drug-testing lab will recommend a one-year sentence while prosecutors seek five to seven years.

Defense attorney Nicolas Gordon says he will make the recommendation Friday, when he and prosecutors are expected to meet with a judge to discuss a potential guilty plea from Annie Dookhan.

Dookhan, of Franklin, is charged with obstruction of justice and other counts for allegedly faking test results and tampering with evidence.

At least 1,100 criminal cases have been dismissed or not prosecuted because of tainted evidence or other fallout from the shutdown of the lab where Dookhan worked.

Prosecutors from state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office say Dookhan caused “egregious damage” to the state’s criminal justice system.

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  • HonestABElincoln

    Man you are angry Debbie. Some kind of personal involvement here? Yes she needs to go to jail, where she will be a celebrity among inmates for setting so many free. I hope they do not accept less than 20 years plus a day. Anything less is criminal.

    • alpinequeen

      Oh my gawd, she stole your thunder! If somebody beats you to it, you attack them.

    • alpinequeen

      Notice how she didn’t resort to name calling? Make a note of that.