Cocaine-Related Conviction Dismissed
In September 2010, Attorney Scott Gross’ client Khurram S. was convicted
of drug possession charges. Police had stopped the Queens resident after
he ran a red light in Massapequa, and claimed that they found cocaine
in his glove compartment. Khurram denied knowledge of the cocaine, but
was found guilty by a jury.
Attorney Scott Gross Gets Case Thrown Out
Since his conviction, Khurram has been awaiting sentencing in a county
jail. During his appeal, Attorney Scott Gross, along with Attorney Brian
Griffin, worked to demonstrate that the testing performed at the police
crime lab was faulty. This defense was supported by a November 2011 report
from Ellen Biben, the New York State Inspector General, in which she details
a “tortured history” of evidence problems at this particular
crime lab. This action followed the February 2011 closure of the lab.
Following the arguments from Attorneys Gross and Griffin, their motion
to dismiss the verdict was consented to by the prosecution. Nassau Judge
Tammy Robbins dismissed the cocaine charges, marking the first time a
drug conviction has been dismissed after a verdict due to testing errors
in the lab.
The spokesman for District Attorney Kathleen Rice, John Byrne, stated that
“Given the breadth of the hearing, the extensive resources already
dedicated to this case, and the fact that the defendant has been incarcerated
for more than 500 days, this plea agreement disposes of this case fairly
without additional cost to the taxpayers.”
Lab Has a History of Faulty Testing
This is far from the only case which has been impacted by issues with laboratory
testing. Two drunk driving convictions have already been thrown out in
Nassau, faulting unreliable lab testing. Another man convicted of cocaine-related
charges is seeking to have his case dismissed on appeals due to laboratory errors.
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If you’ve been convicted of a crime, it’s crucial to have a
defense attorney on your side how knows how to win cases. Attorney Scott
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exactly what to look for to build an effective defense.
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