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September 28, 2012
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A woman enters the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute, which houses the Massachusetts state drug lab, in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Documents revealed Wednesday that a crime lab chemist, whose work has thrown thousands of prosecutions into question, spend years faking results.

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Annie Dookhan, center, is escorted to a cruiser outside her home in Franklin, Mass., Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Dookhan is accused of faking drug results, forging signatures and mixing samples a state police lab. State police say Dookhan tested more than 60,000 drug samples involving 34,000 defendants during her nine years at the lab. Defense lawyers and prosecutors are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the fallout.

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Annie Dookhan, center, is escorted to a cruiser outside her home in Franklin, Mass. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Dookhan is accused of faking drug results, forging signatures and mixing samples a state police lab. State police say Dookhan tested more than 60,000 drug samples involving 34,000 defendants during her nine years at the lab. Defense lawyers and prosecutors are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the fallout.

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Annie Dookhan, right, is escorted to a cruiser outside her home in Franklin, Mass., Sept. 28, 2012. Dookhan is accused of faking drug results, forging signatures and mixing samples a state police lab. State police say Dookhan tested more than 60,000 drug samples involving 34,000 defendants during her nine years at the lab. Defense lawyers and prosecutors are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the fallout.

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Family member, left, watches as Annie Dookhan, right, is escorted to a cruiser outside her home in Franklin, Mass., Sept. 28, 2012. Dookhan is accused of faking drug results, forging signatures and mixing samples at a state police lab. State police say Dookhan tested more than 60,000 drug samples involving 34,000 defendants during her nine years at the lab. Defense lawyers and prosecutors are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the fallout.

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Annie Dookhan, 34, of Franklin, Mass., stands near a court officer during her arraignment Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Boston Municipal Court on two counts of obstruction of justice and pretending to hold a degree for a college or university. Dookhan’s alleged mishandling of drug samples prompted the shutdown of a state drug lab in Boston in August and resulted in the resignation of three officials, including the state’s public health commissioner.

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Annie Dookhan, 34, of Franklin, Mass., stands during her arraignment Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Boston Municipal Court on two counts of obstruction of justice and pretending to hold a degree for a college or university. Dookhan’s alleged mishandling of drug samples prompted the shutdown of a state drug lab in Boston in August and resulted in the resignation of three officials, including the state’s public health commissioner.

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Annie Dookhan, 34, of Franklin, Mass., stands near a court officer during her arraignment Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Boston Municipal Court on two counts of obstruction of justice and pretending to hold a degree for a college or university. Dookhan’s alleged mishandling of drug samples prompted the shutdown of a state drug lab in Boston in August and resulted in the resignation of three officials, including the state’s public health commissioner.

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Friends and family of Annie Dookhan, of Franklin, Mass., react during her arraignment Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Boston Municipal Court on two counts of obstruction of justice and pretending to hold a degree for a college or university. Dookhan’s alleged mishandling of drug samples prompted the shutdown of a state drug lab in Boston in August and resulted in the resignation of three officials, including the state’s public health commissioner.