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Cape Cod Defense Attorney Argues For Stay of Drug Sentences In Barnstable Superior Court

Attorney Powderly currently represents approximately 15-20 clients who are seeking relief from sentences imposed on drug cases related to the Hinton State Lab scandal.  With tens of thousands of cases involved, the issues being raised by the revelations of misconduct are wide ranging and complex.  Over the past few months, defense lawyers throughout Massachusetts, including Attorney Powderly, have filed motions to stay the current sentences of their clients when the chemist in question, Annie Dookhan, was involved as a primary or secondary analyst for the case.  The motion to stay is a mechanism that allows the defendant to be released from prison while he pursues a motion to vacate his conviction or guilty plea.  If Dookhan was involved in a defendant’s case, the defendant will argue the recent revelations constitute newly discovered exculpatory evidence and a new trial should be granted or in cases where the defendant pled guilty, that the plea should be vacated because it was not knowingly and intelligently made as they were unaware of the misconduct that was occurring.