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Defense: 1-year sentence enough in lab scandal

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 4:50pm  ET

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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