Bogus Stoned Driving Arrests Highlight Dubious Methods of ‘Drug Recognition Experts’

To the untrained eye, Katelyn Ebner seems completely sober during her 28-minute roadside encounter with Cobb County, Georgia, police officer Tracy Carroll, who has pulled the 23-year-old waitress over for ailing to maintain her lane as she made a left turn.

Source: Bogus Stoned Driving Arrests Highlight Dubious Methods of ‘Drug Recognition Experts’

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Prosecutors Lied About a Chemist Who Tainted 18,000 Convictions. Time to Overturn Them All.

A crime lab technician tests a substance thought to be cocaine. AFP/Getty Images On Jan. 9, 2012, Sonja Farak—a chemist at a crime lab in Amherst, Massachusetts—pilfered a sample of crack cocaine and smoked it in the bathroom throughout the morning.

Source: Prosecutors Lied About a Chemist Who Tainted 18,000 Convictions. Time to Overturn Them All.

Texas Schedules Execution but Refuses DNA Tests That Could Prove a Man’s Innocence

When hunters walking in the piney woods of Sam Houston National Forest in East Texas found the body of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter on January 2, 1999, her jeans were torn and her shirt was pulled up. There was tissue damage on her face from scavenging animals and a length of pantyhose, which had been used to strangle her, was tied around her neck.

Source: Texas Schedules Execution but Refuses DNA Tests That Could Prove a Man’s Innocence

[Eugene Volokh] Mum’s the word: Secret proceeding about secret order to keep secret a police abuse guilty plea

(iStock) According to a 2013 Houston Chronicle article , Derek Collier Thorworth was indicted for “hitting a handcuffed prisoner … in the back of a patrol car”; Thorworth was a Harris County, Tex., deputy constable at the time. In February 2016, according to Houston Channel 2 , Thorworth pleaded guilty: The incident happened in [victim Ferry Rounds’] North Harris County driveway in August 2012 after the now-32-year-old failed to pull over initially for a traffic stop involving expired registration.

Source: [Eugene Volokh] Mum’s the word: Secret proceeding about secret order to keep secret a police abuse guilty plea

The Secret Slush Funds of Asset Forfeiture

Asset forfeiture laws don’t just allow the police to seize property they claim is connected to criminal activity; they often let the cops keep the proceeds from what they take. This profit incentive is one of the biggest problems with the practice, since it gives police an incentive to pursue petty and indefensible seizures to pad out their own budgets.

Source: The Secret Slush Funds of Asset Forfeiture

Man busted after purposely going to jail to sell drug-filled Kinder Surprise eggs smuggled in his butt

A gentleman in Ottawa, Canada — eager to get sent to jail in order to sell weed he had packed inside of eight Kinder Surprise plastic egg “yolks” and stored in his rectum — threw a rock at a police car in front of the courthouse.

Source: Man busted after purposely going to jail to sell drug-filled Kinder Surprise eggs smuggled in his butt