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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) - A Delaware Superior Court judge has refused to issue a blanket ruling suppressing evidence in scores of pending drug cases because of an evidence tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

But in a ruling issued late Monday, the judge said prosecutors in individual drug cases will have to meet a higher standard for establishing a chain of custody indicating that evidence has not been tainted.


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.