The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts is grappling whether a blanket dismissal its warranted for all of the approximately 24,000 convictions in which former drug chemist Annie Dookhan was involved. Defense attorneys, joined by attorneys from the ACLU of Massachusetts, argued that remedies for potentially affected defendants have been slow and ineffective. Additionally, evaluating each of the 24,000 cases would require resources and legal assistance that is likely unavailable. Assistant district attorney Susanne M. O’Neil argued that the court should allow the cases to work their way through the appeals system, asserting that the court should not “just dismiss cases because it’s hard.” Further, she said that the district attorneys are willing to put in the work to sort through each of the cases. Prosecutors also argued that in some cases a defendant could still be convicted based on other evidence and therefore there should not be a dismissal of cases unless the cases are reviewed individually. Additionally, lawyers and justices questioned whether there would be a different standard had there been, for instance, 40 tainted cases, rather than 24,000 and how long is too long for defendants to wait for a remedy. Meanwhile, convicted defendants continue to face the consequences of their potentially illegitimate convictions as many face deportation hearings, loss of housing, and other secondary consequences of having a conviction on one’s record.