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Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Defense Attorney: Drug Lab Report Has Inconsistencies

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BOSTON — Tom Workman, a defense attorney who has represented drug defendants and teaches at UMass School of Law, is raising some questions about the report released Tuesday by the state that counts how many criminal defendants have been affected by the mishandling of drug evidence at a state lab — nearly 3,000 more than previously estimated.

Workman joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the report’s findings. Listen below:

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