Day: January 14, 2011

A familiar mantra from prosecutors is their constant obligation to obtain truth and justice in their cases. Unfortunately, this is a mantra that has seemingly been abandoned by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG). Right now, OAG is dealing with three separate scandals…and have steadfastly refused to disclose details about any of them. Here are the scandals, and OAG’s stance as to each one:

Scandal #1: This scandal has received the most media coverage, and it began with OAG’s revelation in February, 2010 that the breath testing machine utilized by the District’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the Intoxilyzer 5000, had been “miscalibrated.” This resulted in a review of thousands of cases and led to the identification of several hundred defendants whose breath scores could have been affected by the “miscalibration.” OAG continues to maintain that the problem with the machines is one of “miscalibration.”


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