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Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Courthouse rumblings Criminal defense lawyers are watching closely the case of Herchel Royals, who was arrested in July 2013 on drug charges. His case is one of those possibly impacted by the current FDLE lab investigation of a supervisor allegedly stealing drugs from the lab. Royals’ trial is [...]

The ethics side of FDLE rogue chemist case

The ethics side of FDLE rogue chemist case

On Thursday, I interviewed Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan on IN Your Head Radio. We talked about the ethical challenges of the FDLE investigation its chemist Joseph Graves after it was found that prescription drugs handled by the Pensacola Crime Lab had been substituted with over-the-counter [...]

Tampa TV station reports rogue chemist tried to cut a deal

Tampa TV station Fox 13 is reporting that FDLE Chemist Joseph Graves tried to negotiate with law enforcement before his arrest. He offered his full cooperation in exchange. He admitted to taking the drugs because he had a back problem. Read more.

Public Defender waits for info on specific cases impacted by Pensacola crime lab breach

Public Defender waits for info on specific cases impacted by Pensacola crime lab breach

Last week, criminal defense attorneys and public defenders were shocked by the arrest by Joseph Graves, a lab supervisor at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Pensacola crime lab. Graves was charged with grand theft, 12 counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and [...]

Sheriff Morgan says suspected chemist sat in on investigation strategy meetings

Sheriff Morgan says suspected chemist sat in on investigation strategy meetings

On IN Your Head Radio yesterday, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said the FLDE chemist James Graves who has been arrested for tampering with evidence and trafficking in drugs sat in on at least one strategy meeting for the investigation. Morgan shared how the investigation began when [...]

The case of the rogue chemist

The case of the rogue chemist

The full impact of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab supervisor who has been arrested on 12 counts of tampering with physical evidence and nine counts of drug trafficking is not yet fully known. Friends of Joseph "Joey" Graves are shocked that the quiet FSU grad who worked his [...]

Escambia County crime rate down in 2013

Escambia County crime rate down in 2013

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office annual crime report, which has been submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, shows an overall 3.3 percent reduction in total index crimes and a 9.3 percent reduction in violent crimes compared with 2012. There was also reduction in Domestic [...]

More on rogue FDLE chemist

More on rogue FDLE chemist

By Margie Menzel, The News Service of Florida A chemist at a Pensacola crime lab could have compromised hundreds of state drug cases, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey said Saturday. As a result, FDLE has begun a criminal investigation and a statewide review of [...]

FDLE chemist at Pensacola lab being investigated

FDLE chemist at Pensacola lab being investigated

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey announced at a press conference today that his agency is investigating a major case of evidence tampering by an agency chemist. Last week, in conjunction with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney William [...]

Buzz: Pensacola crime lab under scrunity

Buzz: Pensacola crime lab under scrunity

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement late Friday announced, according to the Orlando Sentinel, that evidence tampering has been found at the agency's laboratory in Pensacola. FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey Details will address the issue at a press conference today at 11 a.m. at FDLE [...]

Police Police release crime stats that show decrease in crime for 2013

Police Police release crime stats that show decrease in crime for 2013

The Pensacola Police Department’s annual crime report has been submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and it shows an overall 14 percent reduction of the city’s crime rate compared with 2012. This represents the department’s largest annual crime reduction in over 14 years, [...]

School-to-Prison Pipeline: Southern Poverty Law Center questions Escambia County school system practices

Last week I interviewed David Utter from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on the Escambia Youth Justice Coalition. He said that in Escambia county schools, African-American students account for 65 percent of all out-of-school suspensions, but they represent only 36 percent of the student [...]

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