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The Delaware Supreme Court has turned back an effort to overturn 45 drug convictions after state drug-testing lab scandal.

The defendants from Sussex County all pleaded guilty to drug offenses before the revelations.

From 2010 to 2014 there were at least 55 piece of drug evidence from the office under the Delaware Medical Examiner’s office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Chief Justice Leo Strine wrote that despite the scandal the high court would not overturn the decisions made by the defendants to plead guilty before the revelations came to public light.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court is mulling whether to vacate the guilty pleas of scores of drug defendants because of an evidence-tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

Public defenders argue that the pleas should be tossed because it's unclear whether the state could have met its burden of proving guilt had the cases gone to trial.

They also say the defendants should not be subjected to sentences any harsher than those from their plea bargains if they are convicted at trial.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's new chief medical examiner is getting some face time with the state panel that oversees his newly created division.

Dr. Gary Collins will be introduced Tuesday at a meeting of the state Commission on Forensic Science.

The commission is charged with providing oversight and guidance to the Division of Forensic Science, which was created earlier this year amid an evidence tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors have dropped drug charges against a man accused of dealing heroin following testimony at a court hearing regarding an evidence-tampering and theft scandal at the state's drug testing lab.

The charges against 31-year-old Braaheim D. Reed were dropped Thursday morning before a judge resumed a hearing that could determine the fate of hundreds of other drug prosecutions in Delaware.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The manager of Delaware's controlled substances lab says the office was in serious disarray when she took over last year.

Robyn Quinn testified Tuesday at a court hearing involving two drug crime defendants that could determine the fate of hundreds of drug prosecutions in Delaware.

The hearing regards an evidence-tampering scandal at Delaware's controlled substances lab that already has led to the arrests of two employees and dismissals or plea bargains in scores of drug cases.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The fate of thousands of drug prosecutions could hinge on an upcoming hearing related to Delaware's troubled and now closed Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Public Defender's Office will argue Tuesday that any evidence that passed through the state's drug-testing lab should be thrown out.

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The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is no more in Delaware.

Governor Jack Markell signed legislation yesterday that replaces it with a new crime testing division that comes under the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

He put his signature on the measure shortly after the state House of Representatives passed the legislation on a 35-to-4 vote.

The law was opposed by trial lawyers and the National Association of Medical Examiners who worried about a conflict of interest because it is being moved over to a law enforcement agency.

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As the Delaware House of Represents gets ready to eliminate the Office of Chief Medical Examiner and establish a new crime lab in a fast track vote two major national organizations are raising objections.

The National Association of Medical Examiners issued a five-page letter called on state legislators to withdraw proposal while the Innocence Project said the measure had some serious flaws.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state Senate is set to vote on a bill abolishing the office of chief medical examiner and replacing it with a new division of forensic science.

The legislation to be voted on Thursday was prompted by a scandal involving evidence tampering and theft at the state drug testing lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office. 

Two employees of the medical examiner's office have been arrested, and the chief medical examiner is suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee is set to take up a bill abolishing the office of chief medical examiner and replacing it with a new division of forensic science.

The bill to be discussed Wednesday was drafted in response to a scandal involving evidence tampering and theft at the state drug testing lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office.

Two employees of the medical examiner's office have been arrested, and chief medical examiner Richard Callery is suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources.

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