Friday, December 11, 2009

A flaw in logic

Just one more thought on Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos' apparent backtracking on the office's new drug policy...

If the reason for the new policy is that any amount less than .01 grams does not provide enough of a sample for retesting, what is there to revisit in six months? If the policy were implemented because of jail overcrowding or the size of the courts' dockets, then revisiting the policy after a time would seem to be a prudent idea. But, if the reason behind a policy is based on accepted forensic scientific protocols, those won't change in six months. If .01 grams is an insufficient sample for retesting on January 1, 2010, it will be an insufficient sample for retesting on July 1, 2010.

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