Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nuther dog-scent lineup case overturned; how many more are out there?

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned another convictions based on dog-scent "lineups" performed by now-retired Fort Bend County Sheriff's Deputy Keith Pikett, the Texas Tribune reported. See the majority opinion by Judge Cathy Cochran overturning Megan Winfrey's conviction and a dissent by Presiding Judge Sharon Keller. The defendant's father's conviction stemming from the same incident was overturned 2-1/2 years ago.

Notably, no one has ever compiled a comprehensive list of cases where Deputy Pikett's testimony and his dogs' scent lineups were introduced as evidence, though at one point he claimed to have worked on more than 2,000 cases.

MORE: YNN-Houston reports that, unless the District Attorney refiles the case,Winfrey will be released on March 25.

See also prior, related Grits posts:

1 comment:

rodsmith said...

very interesting especially considering the govt fucktards on the USSC just basically ruled dog officers like the regular ones can do no wrong!