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More than 6,000 drug cases to be dismissed after misconduct by chemist and former prosecutors

The order followed a similar protocol mandated by the Supreme Judicial Court’s regarding cases tainted by Annie Dookhan, who worked as a chemist in the Hinton drug lab until her arrest in 2012 for widespread evidence tampering. The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office alone agreed to dismiss nearly 4,000 cases related to Farak, according to numbers provided by the ACLU of Massachusetts. One of the lawsuit plaintiffs, Nicole Westcott of Granby, said at a press conference that dismissing convictions like hers will help people recovering from addiction find housing and other services they might need. Westcott and fellow plaintiff Herschelle Reaves are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and law firm Fick and Marx. “There can be zero tolerance for a war on drugs that is fought by committing fraud on a court of justice,” said Randy Gioia, deputy chief counsel for CPCS, in a prepared statement.

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