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Trial Date Set For Chemist In Drug Lab Scandal

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WAMC News / Eric Krupke
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The former state chemist accused of tampering with evidence in drug cases in Massachusetts has a trial date

   A judge in Boston Friday scheduled a January 6 trial date for Annie Dookhan, whose arrest sent ripples through the state’s criminal justice system.  The trial will cover charges she faces that were part of a 27 count indictment announced last year by Attorney General Martha Coakley

   Dookhan tested more than 60,000  drug samples involving more than 34,000 defendants at a state lab that was closed after it was suspected she’d tampered with evidence. Special court sessions were set up to deal with the fallout from the scandal.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.