Monday, April 21, 2014

Commentary: Crime lab delays: Grits for Breakfast blames Texas drug-war overreach to crime lab delays which have led to guilty pleas in innocence cases where it is later found "that the substance Applicant possessed contained no controlled substances." (Must Read. HL);

POST: "Crime lab delays, plea mill culture contribute to drug-war innocence cases, published by "Grits for Breakfast, on April 21, 2014.

GIST: "The Court of Criminal Appeals last week granted habeas corpus relief in yet another actual innocence case in which a man from Harris County pled guilty to drug possession only to have a crime lab later find "that the substance Applicant possessed contained no controlled substances." In a report in Sunday's Austin Statesman ("Lab delays create Texas' unknown exonerees") Eric Dexheimer reported on finding 21 such cases in recent years, including Wilkins. ........If the state's not going to adequately fund crime labs - and they've massively expanded crime lab capacity in recent years without getting a handle on the problem - then they need to look to relieve pressure on the system in other ways. These 21 cases are symptoms of a much more pernicious disease - drug war overreach. If Texas wants to prosecute the drug war at the levels we do today, it must pay for sufficient resources to handle the volume. At the moment, not just in these innocence cases but generally, the state's drug-war reach exceeds its grasp."
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