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Drug lab scandal: New lawsuit aimed at administration highlights policy failures

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A man whose drug conviction was overturned after he was released from prison due to the Annie Dookhan drug lab scandal has filed a lawsuit against former top state officials, as well as the disgraced chemist's former supervisors.

According to The Boston Herald, David Jones spent more than two years in prison based on drug evidence analyzed by Dookhan. His conviction was overturned in March, and he is now suing former Secretary of Health and Human Services JudyAnn Bigby, former state Public Health commissioner John Auerbach and three former top lab bosses.

Dookhan was left off the list of defendants because the purpose of the lawsuit is meant to highlight policy failures within the administration.

Several political experts familiar with the case told the newspaper the lawsuit could potentially open the floodgates for similar suits and could reflect poorly on Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration. The suit could also affect Patrick's political career if he chooses to run for President in 2016 or accept a potential position in Pres. Barack Obama's cabinet.

Dookhan has pleaded not guilty to fabricating drug test results and lying about her academic qualifications. Authorities have said she tested drug samples involving 34,000 defendants over nine years.

Dozens of defendants whose cases she handled have been freed pending new trials.

For more information: The Boston Herald

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