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Bail Set For 9 Convicts In Special Session For State Drug Lab Scandal

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Bail was set for nine convicts to go free Monday while their legal challenges are pending in the fallout from the state drug lab scandal.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine McEvoy made the rulings in a Boston courtroom this morning during the first of a series of special sessions to hear cases involving chemist Annie Dookhan.

McEvoy set bail for the nine inmates after prosecutors agreed to put their sentences on hold. In those instances, GPS monitoring bracelets and curfews were put in place.

At least 11 inmates had their sentencing hearings postponed.

Dookhan has been charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly skirting protocol and faking test results at the now-closed state drug lab. State police say she tested more than 60,000 drug samples involving 34,000 defendants during her nine years at the Boston lab.

Special court sessions have been set up statewide for judges to hear hundreds of legal challenges prompted by the scandal.

The defense attorneys believe all cases handled by Dookhan should be thrown out.

Thirty more cases are expected to be heard on Tuesday.

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