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Alleged misconduct by a New Jersey crime lab technician has prompted charges against 1,160 criminal defendants to be marked for dismissal because purported drug evidence in those cases was destroyed, according to a judge supervising cases impacted by the lab’s problems.

Meanwhile, evidence has been re-tested in cases involving another 1,326 defendants that were brought based on testing of alleged drugs carried out by the same technician, and each has confirmed the prior positive test results for controlled dangerous substances, Superior Court Judge Edward Jerejian said in a case management order issued on Wednesday.

Jerejian, who was assigned in 2016 to supervise cases potentially compromised by improper testing procedures by State Police technician Kamalkant Shah, also announced his plan for evaluating such cases.

Under Jerejian’s plan, the first phase addresses defendants for whom the Office of the Public Defender has already filed motions to have drug convictions vacated and cases dismissed.

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