Grits can't attend today's Texas Forensic Science Commission investigative panel meeting (pdf) in The Woodlands, but I sure hope some Houston-area reporters will go the meeting, which begins at 9:30 this morning. They'll be evaluating the DPS case out of Houston, discussed earlier on Grits here and here, where a lab worker was serendipitously discovered to have used samples from a different case to validate a positive finding for Alprazolam (the generic name for Xanax). At an earlier FSC meeting, it was revealed that the discrepancy was discovered by accident and would not have been revealed through existing management and audit systems, and the investigative panel is where the episode will be most comprehensively vetted.
Some FSC meetings on high profile cases (like Todd Willingham) have been comprehensively covered while there have been others where your correspondent was the only media person there. But the DPS lab mess is a big deal, potentially affecting nearly 5,000 cases. It'd be a shame if nobody's there to report the details.