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  • Very interesting article Leslie...Great work!

    July 13, 2009 at 11:57 p.m.
  • Othersider,
    It's true that the scent evidence is often used to establish probable cause, but in some cases it has also been used as evidence in trial. For example, it was a large portion of the evidence used against members of the Winfrey family in their San Jacinto County murder trials. In California, it was used in Michael Espalin’s first arson trial and in the car jacking trial of James Ochoa. Scent identifications were also used in the Florida prosecutions of William Dillon and Wilton Dedge. Both men served more than 20 years in prison before they were exonerated.
    Thanks for reading,
    Leslie

    July 13, 2009 at 3:18 p.m.
  • Polygraph test are not admissible in Court but can be used to help establish ones character. If the polygraph says they lied then the chances of the telling the truth about a question are slim. As for the dogs there findings are used for probable cause not used as evidence.

    July 13, 2009 at 1:36 p.m.
  • I don't see the usual law enforcement cheerleaders posting on this story. I ran across this story in The Washington Post online edition.
    "Texas is a case in point. From 1978 to 2004, the inmate population rose 573 percent and the state's population increased 67 percent. With hard sentencing laws and some conservative judges, Texas built a "lock 'em up" reputation. The state has more than 155,00 inmates and leads the nation in putting prisoners to death. "

    July 13, 2009 at 9:06 a.m.
  • As a juror, I would be very reluctant to accept such "evidence" just on the say-so of the dog's owner/trainer. I would be equally reluctant to accept the evidence from a certified police K-9 unit. It would be too easy for the dog to not only alert to an honest scent, but he could be easily trained to show an alert pose when given a nudge by a knee or some other non-verbal command. Nope, I don't trust'em -- certainly not with a person's freedom at stake.

    July 12, 2009 at 8:08 p.m.
  • The take away from this story is that LE would use an Ouija board to solve crimes if they were allowed to do so.

    July 12, 2009 at 6:19 p.m.
  • Nothing makes a small Texas Hick Town racist quicker than a black man“guilty” of crimes against white women.

    July 12, 2009 at 6:09 p.m.
  • No they arrested a black man so that makes them racist

    July 12, 2009 at 3:01 p.m.
  • It's not that the people of Yoakum are racist. The problem in small towns like Yoakum and others is there are a small hand full of people who pretty much run the town. When these individuals are flawed then you have problems. Also people in small towns are generally older and more concerned for their well being and safety and pressure LE to do more to keep them safe. Like any town or city in this country there are going to be racist, but to say "the people of Yoakum are severely racist" is a bit harsh. I may be wrong, but I feel their actions or lack there of is out of fear not racism.

    July 12, 2009 at 8:21 a.m.
  • The people of Yoakum are severely racist.

    July 12, 2009 at 3:39 a.m.