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October 16, 2012

Inmates freed during state crime lab legal challenges


During the morning session, McEvoy granted defense motions to place sentences on hold and set bail for about 10 inmates now serving time at the state prison in Norfolk. Prosecutors agreed to those motions after producing drug analysis certificates showing that Dookhan was the chemist who performed either an initial test or a second confirmatory test on the substances.

In several cases, Assistant District Attorney Paul Treseler requested cash bail of $10,000 or $15,000, noting that the defendants had long criminal records and histories of violating their probation or failing to show up for court.

In most cases, McEvoy set lower bail than the amounts sought by prosecutors but higher than the amount requested by defense attorneys.

The judge made it clear that the cases against the inmates were not over. She ordered all of them to appear in court for a status conference next month.

Dookhan and her attorney have repeatedly declined to comment on the charges against her. Last week, she invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify at a drug defendant’s trial.

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