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July 2017 Archives

Legal experts question reliability of forensic evidence

Florida prosecutors often build their cases around forensic evidence like fingerprints, footprints and ballistics, but skeptics have begun questioning the presumed infallibility of this type of evidence. A report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued during the Obama administration launched criticism of forensic methods enshrined in crime fiction and television shows as 100 percent accurate. The council declared that only multiple tests by independent entities could assure the scientific validity of forensic evidence.

Drunk driving declines while marijuana influence rises

While there may be more drivers in Florida and across the country testing positive for marijuana, fewer drivers are showing signs of alcohol intoxication, according to a national driver survey. The 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol & Drug Use by Drivers shows that the percentage of drivers under the influence of alcohol has declined 77 percent in the 41 years between 1973 and 2014.

Man carried cocaine inside Cookie Monster

In Florida, law enforcement officials booked a man into Monroe County jail after a search of his vehicle revealed a Cookie Monster toy doll that was stuffed with cocaine. The incident occurred in Marathon on July 12 in connection with a traffic stop. According to news sources, a sheriff's deputy initially pulled the man over for an obscured license plate.

Derek Fisher faces multiple charges

Florida residents who follow the NBA may have heard about Derek Fisher's recent legal trouble. He was charged with two counts of DUI stemming from a motor vehicle accident that took place in California in early June 2017. The accident occurred while Fisher was driving his 2015 Cadillac on Route 101 in the Sherman Oaks portion of Los Angeles.