Saturday, April 20, 2013

Donna Marie Davenport Fritsch; Grits for Breakfast; Field tests under scrutiny; When faulty field tests lead to false drug convictions;Why confirmation by a crime lab is so crucial; Grits for Breakfast.

POST: "Faulty field test led to false drug conviction; Court of criminal Appeals overturns," published by Grits for Breakfast, on April 17, 2013. (Followed by some very interesting comments);

GIST:  "She was falsely convicted based on an erroneous field test that was later contradicted by testing at a DPS crime lab. From the court's order: "At the time of Applicant's arrest, the substance seized from her vehicle field-tested positive for methamphetamine. After she pleaded guilty to this offense, the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory issued a report indicating that laboratory analysis of the evidence detected no controlled substance."......Makes one wonder about the validity of the "field test" used and how many other convictions have been obtained based on similar tests without confirmation by a crime lab."

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