AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas state police crime lab scientist whose shoddy work may have tainted nearly 5,000 drug cases had been promoted despite a history of problems doing his work correctly and on time.
A report reviewed Friday by the Texas Forensic Science Commission notes Houston crime lab worker Jonathan Salvador was told to correct his work in about a third of his cases. His supervisors also said he routinely scrambled to keep up with his monthly work expectations.
Salvador was suspended in 2012 after his work at the Houston lab came into question, and state officials have been reviewing his cases dating back to 2006. The Texas Rangers investigated Salvador but a grand jury declined to charge him with any crimes.