While many law enforcement officers reach into their “felony grab bag” to find some crime (out of hundreds of thousands) to charge tax-slaves with, others don’t go through the trouble, choosing instead to simply charge people for crimes they know they didn’t commit.
Cpl. Lisa Steed, the Utah Highway Patrol’s 2007 “Trooper of the Year,” allegedly chose the latter, and while her higher-ups were aware she was likely falsely charging people who were not intoxicated with DUIs, they allegedly hid the evidence from her victim’s defense attorneys, despite being required to inform the defense of the evidence against her by the law.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
A supervisor warned in 2010 that Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Lisa Steed, who is under investigation by her own agency, was frequently arresting people for driving under the influence of drugs who had no drugs in their systems.
The supervisor, Sgt. Rob Nixon, wrote a memorandum discussing the questionable arrests and implying Steed was falsely accusing drivers of impairment. Nixon wrote the memo after reviewing 20 of Steed’s arrests for drug DUIs.
In seven of those cases, toxicology tests showed the driver had only metabolite, Nixon wrote. Metabolite is the remnants of drugs or pharmaceuticals in the bloodstream, though not necessarily the illegal kind.
Four other drivers had no drugs in their system, according to Nixon’s memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune.
Yet in every case, Steed wrote reports claiming the drivers showed signs of impairment, such as dilated pupils and leg and body tremors.
Nixon referred to “a pattern” of conflicting information between Steed’s arrest reports and the laboratory results.
“This is something that needs to be addressed before defense attorneys catch on and her credibility along with the DUI squad’s credibility is compromised,” Nixon wrote.
A UHP spokesman declined to comment on the memo Wednesday.
“We’re considering that a protected document so we’re not at liberty to discuss the document,” said Dwayne Baird, the spokesman.
[…] [Salt Lake City defense attorney Joseph] Jardine said the memo shows the UHP hid Steed’s problems from defense lawyers. Legal precedent requires prosecutors also to have been aware of the memo and disclose it to defendants, Jardine said.
“That’s crazy,” Jardine said of withholding the memo. “That’s exactly contrary to what the law requires them to do.”
Steed’s credibility was compromised in April. One state judge in Salt Lake County and one in Davis County found Steed had been untruthful on the witness stand during DUI and drug possession cases. The rulings led to a dismissal of charges against both defendants.
Soon after the rulings, the UHP removed Steed from road duty and began its own investigation of Steed. It’s unclear when that investigation will be completed. Skordas said Steed has been reassigned to an administrative job — out of uniform and without a gun — while the investigation is under way.
[…]In every case he reviewed, Nixon wrote, Steed claimed the suspect had dilated pupils. Jardine said a check of pupils is a standard part of a DUI field exam and something that cannot be corroborated by a lab test or dashboard video.
“It’s a clever lie because nobody can verify it,” Jardine said.
Nixon’s memo doesn’t say how many of the 20 cases resulted in convictions.
Yeah, well who knows, and who cares, right? God forbid a tax-slave be informed the trooper testifying against them is being investigated for being a known liar and a fraud, what’s one more innocent person being jailed for no reason really matter in the bigger picture?
Joking aside, the Massachusetts crime lab was recently ensnared in a similar situation on a much wider scale, Annie Dookhan, a now disgraced analyst at the lab may have tampered with a possible 64,000 drug samples involved in some 34,000 cases, allegedly doing so, among other reasons, to secure longer convictions.
Her higher-ups were no doubt aware of the fraud, yet they covered it up.
In 2004, for instance, Dookhan whipped through some 9,239 samples while her colleagues averaged only one-third that number of drug tests. Last year, the Department of Public Health discovered misconduct by Dookhan, but downplayed it, telling law enforcement mistakes had occurred on only one day and had only affected 90 cases. The department also waited six months before alerting police and prosecutors to the problem.
Of course, the drug laws themselves are the biggest fraud of all, kidnapping and caging someone for consuming plant substance because a group of alcoholic criminals arbitrarily deemed them “illegal” is a crime in itself.
It’s time to free the drug users and pack the prisons with the “law enforcers,” and throw the criminal congress in there with them.
Chris | InformationLiberation