San Francisco Crime Lab Closure Leads To 180 Cases Dismissed

Mar 18, 2010 — by Myles L. Berman | Comments (0)
Tags: State Crime Labs Blood Draw Testing Dui Charges Dismissed

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, 180 narcotic cases have been dropped by San Francisco prosecutors since a San Francisco Police Department crime lab scandal recently became public. The crime lab has been closed since March 9th. The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has stated that more cases will be dismissed unless and until the drugs seized can be tested by a different source. Apparently, a criminalist employed at the crime lab is suspected of possibly taking cocaine from the crime lab. It was reported that the criminalist's sister contacted a lab supervisor on December 16, 2009, and reported that she saw what appeared to be a police vial of cocaine inside the criminalist's home.

California DUI Checkpoints Generate Revenue For Local Governments

Mar 8, 2010 — by Myles L. Berman | Comments (0)
Tags: Dui Checkpoints Drunk Driving Arrests California Dui Laws

According to the Orange County Register, a study done for the year 2009 by Investigative Reporting Program at University of California-Berkely with California Watch found that more cars are seized than DUI / Drunk Driving arrests are made. Impounding of cars generated approximately $40,000,000 in towing fees and police fines. This revenue is divided by cities and towing firms. Police officers received about $30,000,000 in overtime pay for the extra DUI / Drunk Driving enforcement. Also, during 2009, police seized more than 24,000 vehicles at checkpoints. This represents an increase of 53% from 2007. Apparently, DUI / Drunk Driving sobriety checkpoints result in the discovery of thousands of unlicensed drivers in the state of California.