It was just a year ago that we posted about dog scent lineups. At the time, we called it “one of the junkiest of the junk sciences.” This opinion is echoed in a law suit filed just this week by a Texas woman, Megan Winfrey. Ms. Winfrey spent 6 years in prison before her murder conviction, based on a dog scent lineup, was overturned. Her suit calls dog scent lineups “the worst of junk science.”
Interestingly, the primary defendant in Winfrey’s suit is former Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Pickett. Pickett was identified in our earlier post as being the most infamous and notorious dog handler performing bogus dog scent lineups. Four other officers, including the San Jacinto County Sheriff, are also named in the suit as being complicit in her wrongful conviction.
You can read the NBC News story about the Winfrey suit here, which contains a link to the actual law suit.