In serious drug prosecutions, criminal defense lawyers cannot blindly trust police crime lab reports supposedly confirming that a substance is really cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, or heroin. For that matter, anything coming out of the crime lab, such as blood toxicology results, DNA results and chain-of custody receipts should not be “Is that Drug Really Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, or Heroin?”
Under California Law, Who Acted Unlawfully? Professor Gates or Officer Crawley?
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., an African-American scholar, was recently arrested at his residence by Cambridge police officer Sergeant Crowley who was investigating a reported break-in. Professor Gates was arrested after he yelled at the investigating officer repeatedly from inside the residence. He showed identification and then reportedly resisted “Under California Law, Who Acted Unlawfully? Professor Gates or Officer Crawley?”