Frank Gayaldo writes:
“I learned today that numerous sheriff employees are working on cleaning up the evidence room.
“Other than addressing blatant safety issues, I doubt this clean-up effort can do much to address the conversion of evidence guns and most likely other things of value into the personal property of the sheriff and others.
“Furthermore a defensible chain of custody is something that cannot have any lapses in it.”
The “conversion” of “things of value” to Sheriff’s Office employees is an unproven allegation. One I hope is being investigated, though the carefully worded statement from the District Attorney’s Office did not explicitly commit.
But at least the story spurred the organization of the long-mismanaged evidence room. Sheriff Steve Moore said he learned of the problems from the story and once informed apparently ordered a clean-up. Good. Not that I have any expertise whatsoever in this field, but I’m sure Gayaldo is right about the importance to the criminal justice system of a clear chain of custody of evidence used to convict (or exonerate) defendants. Also to ensure nobody is making free with items of value.