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An Australian man was recently released from jail after spending four months waiting for the results of a forensic test that determined a substance the cops thought was meth was really just Epsom salt. The story is gaining traction thanks to a lawyer who is trying to shine a light on the terrible delays the state’s forensic testing causes.

Attorney Travis George claims that the man who spent four months in jail waiting for the test that would ultimately prove him innocent was kept so long due to his past criminal record. Readers with a sharp legal mind will recognize that as not how any criminal justice system is supposed to work.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Health defended the government-run Forensic and Scientific Services, stating “Urgent cases are completed within the time frame required by the police and the courts.” OK, but what about non-urgent cases where someone is kept locked up for four months because it took you that long to figure out he was driving around with salt? Surely we can all agree that’s bad.

George is hoping the Queensland Health will finally do something about the clear backlog of forensic tests they have to perform. I wouldn’t be too optimistic, considering they deny there is any backlog and, in the words of magistrate John Smith, “For the last 14 years nothing has been done.”

 

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Man Jailed For Meth Released Four Months Later When Cops Realize It Was Just Salt

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