Forensic Science or Politics?


Forensic Science or Government Deceit

The Former Director of the Michigan State Police Lab has admitted that politics came into play in lab reports.  He allged that prosecutors pressured the lab to falsely report positive results for marijuana for the purpose of rasing the charges from a misdemeanor to a felony.  He alleged that politics trumped science.

The former director, John Collins stated, “In my experience, it was just a non-stop political game that really got frustrating, and it wore down the morale of our staff, and it quite honestly, it wore me down.”

“It was really a big deal for me to let people understand that our laboratories were not in the prosecution business, they're not in the conviction business, they're in the science business,” said Collins.

“And if we don't position ourselves as being in the science business, then we really start to go down a path that's going to lead us to a lot of trouble. And that was very tough, because that was a major cultural, a different kind of a cultural message than had really been communicated before."

The above if an exert taken from an article that is circulating on the internet.  As a Criminal Defense & DUI Defense Attorney practicing in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings County, I have also seen government witnesses testify in a manner that shows gaining a conviction is their goal, even when their testimony was unbelievable.  While raising the possibility of fermentation defense in a blood alcohol case a California DOJ lab expert testified that he did not know if there was sugar in blood.  Imagine a long time state employee  who works in a lab testing blood, testified he did not know if there was sugar in blood.  With government benefits, specialized knowledge of blood and science, along with the generally well known disease of diabetes, this would seem like a blatant lie.  Not just a lie, but one designed to assist, untruthfully, with a conviction.

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Fresno Criminal Defense & DUI Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker Learning science, to help clients avoid being convicted by politics

The fight we fight is real.  While prosecutors stand up in court and say they represent the people of the State of California, I represent individuals who were arrested by government police forces, may times headed by an elected sheriff, or a Chief appointed by an elected official.  The citizen is  accused by the government, and prosecuted by the government based many times on testing that is done by the government labs, or private labs who have contracts, for money, to test samples, report results, and testify in court.  The testimony affects the conviction rate of the prosecutors office.  Which is headed by an elected District Attorney.  Who will use statistics for future elections.  Many times labs are political tools, not scientific testing facilities.  Some labs have what are referred to as "conviction bounties" where they get bonuses if a conviction occurs.  

Now, how do I, a single defense attorney, educate a jury within the rules of evidence, in a limited time span, over a few days, sharing the podium with paid expert witnesses, government scripts, faulty science, and witnesses that are trained liars and make them understand? That is my fight as a Criminal Defense Attorney.

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Fresno DUI Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Fresno area law enforcement agencies have some of the strictest DUI enforcement policies in the Nation. The first decision an officer makes during the DUI enforcement is the decision to stop the vehicle. It may be a driving pattern, maintenance infraction, tinted windows, or other issues the lead the officer to make that decision. The next decision is whether to have the driver exit the vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation. Factors include odor or alcohol, red watery eyes, and slurred speech. Timely stopping, parking, and fumbling with a license or insurance paperwork, all influence the officers decision to continue the investigation. Once outside the vehicle the subject may sway or have trouble following directions. At the conclusion of the third stage, the officer decides if there is probable cause for an arrest. If you are arrested, there are steps you should take on your own behalf. It is important for anyone cited for DUI to contact the DMV within 10 days to preserve their right to an Admin Per Se Hearing in front of a DMV officer. Failure to contact the DMV within 10 days may result in the suspension of your driving privilege. Remember, the officer arrests at probable cause, but it takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. If the officer does their job right, a large percentage of the people should be found not guilty.

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Fresno & Madera Criminal Defense Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Domestic Violence (DV) charges, punishments, and your rights is something you need to understand if you've been accused. DV charges can result in a sentence of probation, jail, and/or prison. DV can be charged under various sections including PC 243(E) or the more serious PC 273.5 Felony (DV) accusation. Many convictions result in being sentenced to a 52-week program, referred to as the Batterers Treatment Program (BTP). The right to own, possess, or use a Firearms, a serious issue for many people who grew up in the rural valley hunting, fishing, and target shooting can be lost forever. While Judges routinely advise those convicted of misdemeanor Domestic Violence that they will be prohibited from owning firearms for 10-years, the Federal Government will preclude gun ownership for the remainder of the persons life if they are convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. It is important that the court knows you are a law abiding, upstanding, and productive member of society. Don't let an accusation turn into a lifetime of being stigmatized as a criminal.

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Experienced Fresno and Madera County Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker understands the needs of each client are quite unique to each individual client. Some clients are looking to keep their drivers license, others are looking to avoid long periods of incarceration. Many times pride and principles are cited for the client's motivation to achieve a particular resolution to their case. Many clients just want to put their life, family, and career back together. It is the responsibility of the defense attorney to coordinate and effective defense for the benefit of the client. It is essential that I provide the best defense for the individual person and their specifically tailored needs in life. I will help you by building the best defense that the facts allow. One important aspect of hiring a private attorney is the time they spend listening to your needs, and working to obtain an effective resolution under the circumstances. When these problems arise, it's time to reach out for a helping hand. I handle criminal defense cases on a daily basis, helping people with their issues. Let me help you.