Why has it taken Harris County so long to tell us they won't oppose a new trial for those cases with fake breath tests?

Deetrice Wallace, the technical supervisor responsible for maintaining the integrity of the breath test machines used by law enforcement to convict arrestees of DWI, will be spending the next year behind bars for faking inspections on the breath test machines.

I have spoken to Ms. Wallace on many occasions over the past few years as we have obtained information about the breath testing machines that she inspected.  She seemed like a nice enough person and was always forthcoming with the information that we requested.  She even requested that the payments for the records go to a Boy Scout Troop.  I'm not sure what led her to fake the results of the tests, but it sure has had a huge impact on many DWI client's lives.

The real question that I have is why has it taken so long for Harris County to say that they will not oppose a new trial for those that were affected by the fake tests?  Galveston County sent me a list of my Galveston DWI clients that took a breath test where Deetrice Wallace had maintained the breathalyzer back on January 15, 2009.  Harris County still has not sent me a list of my clients that are affected by Deetrice Wallace.  We have had to re-create that list on our own.

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