Friday, April 5, 2013

Jonathan Salvador: Grits for Breakfast; Forensic panel looking into "crime lab debacle" to issue report today. Says Salvador may have tainted thousands of drug cases in 35 counties with shoddy or misleading work.

POST: "Forensic panel to review final report on Department of Public Safety crime lab debacle," published by Grits for Breakfast, on April 5, 2013.

GIST:  Here's where Grits is headed this morning, via AP          :"The Texas Forensics Science Commission meets Friday in Austin to get an update on its review of a crime lab worker who may have tainted thousands of drug cases with shoddy or misleading work.  Jonathan Salvador was a forensic scientist at state crime lab in Houston. He was suspended in 2012 after his work came into question and state officials have been reviewing his work dating back to 2006.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has already set aside at least 16 drug convictions from Galveston County. The forensics panel says the total number of cases handled by Salvador is almost 5,000 from 36 counties.

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