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Mass. Officials Face Federal Class Action Suit For Compensation In Drug Lab Scandal03:49
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Former state lab chemist Annie Dookhan, center, stands in Middlesex Superior Court for arraignment in 2013. (Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe, Pool via AP)
Former state lab chemist Annie Dookhan, center, stands in Middlesex Superior Court for arraignment in 2013. (Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe, Pool via AP)
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A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against the state of Massachusetts over the drug lab scandal involving former state chemist Annie Dookhan, who admitted to falsifying the tests on drug evidence used in tens of thousands of criminal cases.

Although the state dropped more than 21,000 drug cases because of Dookhan's misconduct, the suit claims some of those convicted based on the false evidence are now entitled to compensation for probationary fees and other costs. The plaintiffs' lawyers say that compensation could add up to millions of dollars.

WBUR's Weekend Edition host Sharon Brody spoke to Luke Ryan, one of the plaintiffs' lawyers, about the lawsuit.

This segment aired on February 24, 2018.

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