Criminal Justice

DA says she will toss 74,800 criminal cases because of lab fiasco

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Rachel Rollins

Rachael Rollins. Photo from the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

District Attorney Rachael Rollins of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, plans to toss 74,800 criminal cases as a result of a lab scandal that sent a chemist to prison.

Rollins announced Monday that she will dismiss drug convictions in her county for anyone whose drug evidence was tested at the Hinton Lab between May 2003 and August 2012, the Boston Herald reports.

More than 7,800 cases with evidence processed at the Hinton Lab have already been tossed as a result of a court ruling. Rollins is targeting cases that haven’t already been reviewed.

One lab worker at the Hinton Lab was convicted for evidence tampering, while another at a different lab in Amherst, Massachusetts, was convicted for stealing and smoking crack she was supposed to be testing.

So far, 35,000 drug convictions have been tossed in counties throughout Massachusetts because of the scandals at the two labs.

Hat tip the Marshall Project.

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