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Well Known Lawyer and DA Make Controversial Pre-trial Deal


Tony Buzzbee is one of the wealthiest civil attorneys in the Harris County area but may be in the spotlight now for different reasons. Buzzbee is reported to have taken a pre-trial deal that many local defense attorneys believe to be considered “special treatment.” Additionally, Buzzbee is facing heat for seeking to expunge the arrest…
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Lab & Analyst Under Scrutiny After Multiple Forensic Errors


A lab technician associated with the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) has admitted to mislabeling a DWI blood sample in 2013. The incident wasn’t reported to the court according to defense attorneys who would have used the information for their case. This isn’t the first time HFSC has been under the radar for improper procedures….
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15,000 Pieces of Evidence Damaged at the Houston Police Department


The Houston Police Department is reviewing thousands of pieces of evidence after a sprinkler mishap on Tuesday. Officials stated that thousands of evidentiary items have been affected and linked to over 4,000 cases. This has caused local defense attorneys to assess their cases for compromised evidence. Tyler Flood who manages gave a statement “It could…
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HPD Evidence May Be Water Damaged


In October, reports have stated a sprinkler was set off in the freezer of the Houston Police Department’s property room. Property rooms are used by law enforcement to protect and store important evidence. The freezer in particular is used to hold valuable biological and toxicological evidence such as DWI tests. Now, officers are working to…
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Prosecutors May Face Scrutiny from 2018 Voters


Elections are coming up and prosecutors across the nation are facing a shift in what voters want from their District Attorney. U.S. citizens are starting to ask for more progressive criminal reform instead of the standard “tough on crime” approach many prosecutors have utilized. This may be because of the recent string of scandals surrounding…
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HPD Sprinkler Damaged 15,000 Pieces of Evidence


The Houston Police Department is facing another dilemma after a sprinkler mishap has caused nearly 15,000 pieces to be reexamined for water damage. This is just after more than 100 cases were dismissed after evidence was found to be destroyed in Precinct 4. HPD officials are looking into the sprinkler malfunction but hasn’t found any…
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Sprinkler Mishap May Have Jeopardized 4,000 Cases


Reports have indicated a sprinkler malfunction may have endangered evidence connected to more than 4,000 cases. The sprinkler went off on unexpectedly in the freezer on Tuesday, which contained mostly biological and toxicological evidence. Most of evidence associated is connected to DWI cases. There aren’t any exact numbers yet, but sources say approximately 15,000 pieces…
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Forensic Witness May Have Lied About Credentials


A decade’s worth of DWI cases are under review after testimony from an expert witness who may have lied about her credentials. The expert is Dr. Fessessework Guale, a toxicology analyst working for the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. Local defense attorneys are now concerned about the validity of Dr. Fessessework’s educational background. Court…
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Crime Analyst Responds to Accusations of False Degree


A Harris County toxicology witness may have given false testimony in a decade’s worth of DWI cases. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office notified defense lawyers earlier this week that Dr. Fessessework actually has a Masters in Physiological Studies rather than a Master’s in Toxicology. What’s even more unusual is Dr. Fessessework’s degree actually comes…
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Expert May Have Lied About a Decade Years’ Worth of DWI Cases


An expert witness has been reassigned to a new role until investigations shed new light on her credentials. Dr. Fessessework Guale has been a forensic analyst for the Institute of Forensic Sciences since 200. She has testified in nearly ten years’ worth of DWI cases, but now the District Attorney’s Office is asking defense lawyers…
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