The TDCAA thread on forced blood draws is becoming a self congratulatory orgy. What is missing in this discussion is whether these forced blood draws are being used merely to convict, or if justice is being done.
Barring an injury accident, Texans have the right to refuse blood/breath testing. These prosecutors are making an end run around the legislative process with these warrants. But I digress.
Here is a comment by “Greg Davis”-
Collin County will be conducting another no-refusal weekend this weekend to
coincide with the Super Bowl. We’ve lengthened the effective time periods to
7:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. after consulting with our agencies and the Tarrant County
DA’s Office. We’ll be using a fax/email system to communicate with our judges,
and we’ve streamlined the affidavit so that officers can fill in the blanks and
complete it in less than 10 minutes. We anticipate 10-20 blood draws from the
participating agencies. It’s good to see that other counties are pursuing this
type of DWI enforcement. It would be good to see a state-wide no-refusal weekend
in the near future.
Another county using “fill in the blank” affidavits for warrants. A fax/email system to communicate with “our” judges. How convenient. If these drivers are so “intoxicated” why are these forced blood draws necessary?
I filed an open records request to learn more about this Super Bowl no refusal weekend. I’m expecting the usual AG request delay tactics. The public should be aware that these self described “cutting edge” prosecutors are making an Orwellian farce out of our constitutional protections. My advice- watch the Super Bowl at home, or in Dallas County.
Finally, Don a brave reader from Levelland has jumped onto the TDCAA message board and voiced his concerns. Good job Don! Let your elected DA know that you do not stand for these forced blood draws.