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Scent Lineups and The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals: “Son, You smell guilty.”

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will address whether or not scent lineups are reliable evidence and admissible at trial.

The Austin American-Statesman notes in a story that “scent lineups” are investigative lineups where “dogs sniff crime scene evidence and try to match it to smells obtained from suspects or from items they have touched.”

The story goes on to note, that “[f]rom 1993 to 2009, Pikett and his dogs conducted hundreds of scent lineups for about 20 Texas counties, the Texas Rangers, the state attorney general’s office and federal agencies, including the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, court documents show.”

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