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by Edmond Geary

The problem with proving Driving Influence of Drugs

Ten years ago in Ben Wheeler, Texas, Candice Anderson had an accident, losing control of her car and crashing it into a tree.  Her fiancé was killed in the accident.  Because she had in her system a trace quantity of the anxiety drug, Xanax, she was prosecuted for criminally negligent homicide.  Investigators could not determine…

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by Edmond Geary

Reclassifying Hydrocodone

There is a push to raise the security classification of hydrocodone.  Law enforcement claims it is the second-most abused drug and wants to make it more difficult to obtain the painkiller pill because of that abuse.  Hydrocodone is now classified as a Schedule III drug, and can be refilled up to 6 times without a…

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by Edmond Geary

Barry Bonds convicted, barely, finally

After an 8-year investigation, a 12-day trial with more than two dozen prosecution witnesses presented and finally 4 days of jury deliberation, the United States government finally obtained a conviction of Barry Bonds, but just barely.  The jury convicted Bonds of Obstruction of Justice but could not reach a verdict on the other three counts…

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by Edmond Geary

Oklahoma Women Prisoners not Getting Treatment

There were 2, 760 women in Oklahoma prisons in 2010.  Of that number, 1,744 or 63% were in need of substance abuse treatment, but programs are not available for them.  Education programs are even more scarce.   A substance abuse treatment program requires 4 to 12 months to complete.   Of the 885 women inmates released last…

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by Edmond Geary

Drug Agency sounds the alarm-as usual

There is a budget crunch in state government so every agency is looking to save its budget.  The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs is no exception.  Director Darrell Weaver has just announced a “spike” in drug deaths in Oklahoma.  He calls it a crisis. There were 577 who died of drugs in 2009. …

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by Edmond Geary

Criminal Prosecution becomes Priority for new Ohio US Attorney

So many federal agents were moved to counter-terrorism investigations after the 9/11 attacks that the prosecution of more traditional crimes could not be given much attention.  Carter Stewart, newly-appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio is going to change that. Stewart’s district includes Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and all of southern Ohio.  “I…

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by Edmond Geary

Cocaine on 90% of Money

A new study has just concluded that ninety per cent of American currency carries traces of cocaine.  Does that matter?  You bet it does matter to anyone arrested with cash on them, whether they are innocent or guilty of a crime. What every criminal defense lawyer knows, but few of the average citizens know, is…

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