Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bulletin: Jonathon Salvador; Texas; Grits for Breakfast says allegedly fabricated drug test results could lead to the overturning of thousands of years of drug cases.

POST: "DPS crime lan Snafu may overturn thousands of years worth of drug cases," published by Grits for Breakfast on March 7, 2013.

GIST: "The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals yesterday approved nine new habeas corpus petitions from defendants convicted of drug crimes after a Department of Public Safety crime lab worker in Houston was found last year to have falsified test results. That brings the total number of defendants with overturned convictions so far to 11, with many more to come. Those 11 people had been sentenced collectively to 90 years, including one 32-year sentence. Though there may yet be more instances discovered where ex-lab employee Jonathon Salvador allegedly fabricated results, the habeas petitions granted so far have been in cases where the drug evidence had been destroyed post-conviction and so retesting is impossible. The general counsel at the Texas Forensic Science Commission has estimated evidence has been destroyed in 25-50% of the nearly 5,000 cases from 36 different counties that Mr. Salvador worked on during his time at DPS.........This incident hasn't received nearly as much publicity as a similar episode in Massachusetts where a discredited "rogue chemist" worked on nearly 40,000 cases over the last decade. In fact, I haven't seen these successful habeas writs covered at all outside of this blog. But it's a pretty darn big deal nonetheless. In all seriousness, there will likely be enough inmates walk out of TDCJ over this SNAFU that, by the time it's done, the Legislature could consider closing an additional prison unit. Mind blowing!"

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