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.N.b., by my count, the number of convictions overturned so far based on this debacle is actually 17. The AP story adds that, "The Texas Rangers have also investigated Salvador. It's unclear if that investigation is still open or if he will be charged." But in fact the investigation is complete and last year a Harris County grand jury no-billed Mr. Salvador in the drylabbing episode. Losing his job was the only consequence he'll apparently face, no matter how deep the rabbit hole goes. Let's hope for a change there are a few more journalists there to cover the story. I bet there will be.
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
MORE: See coverage of the meeting from AP and the Texas Tribune, which were the only outlets who sent reporters. I'm a bit surprised the Houston Chronicle sent no one.
See prior, related Grits coverage of the Salvador fiasco.
- 17 and counting: Texas Tribune on DPS crime lab scandal
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- The Weakest Link: TDCAA agrees nearly 5,000 cases 'may be jeopardized' by DPS lab worker misconduct
- Thousands of drug cases may be overturned because DPS lab worker allegedly faked results
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- Convictions overturned based on DPS lab worker misconduct, hundreds more likely to be challenged
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- Drug analyst at DPS crime lab issued erroneous reports