Defense attorneys decry retested evidence from St. Paul crime lab

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 5, 2012 - 9:01 PM

Because evidence in drug cases was first handled by maligned St. Paul police crime lab, they want to block its admissibility in court.

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chris5144Dec. 6, 12 7:15 AM

Heads up to any/all substance defendants... ALWAYS retest at an indepenant lab. The state is charging you and under no circumstances should any state facility result be automatically considered an objective finding based on good science and airtight security of evidence. The problem in the past has been that when an independant, accredited lab comes up with a varying result, judges tend to want to keep your jury from hearing about it, particularly in misdemeanor cases where the stakes are smaller and especially if that judge knows the public defender is handling it, and therefore his or her unconstitutional rulings preventing you from presenting your evidence to a jury aren't going to be appealed because you lack the funds for such an appeal.

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rickbmnDec. 6, 12 8:40 AM

Another example of law enforcement failing to meet the grade. Crime lab, gang strike task force.... all of those people should be removed from their positions and be banned, Just think how many people paid fines or served time because of their self-indignation. Perhap THEY should pay some of the fines and legal costs of the defendants. i know this isn't popular, but it's time to start looking at this for what it is and stop assuming everything done by law enforcement is automatically right (or legal).

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songczarDec. 6, 1211:14 AM

I'm not a lawyer, but this looks like a common sense decision; toss out the evidence. Another Mn case where Justice seems to be of little concern next to a win for the prosecution.

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