In an article in the Athens News (click HERE), the newspaper outlines the latest developments in the attacks on the implementation of the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine. Apparently, the Ohio Department of Health is not providing a rousing defense of the machine. Quoting from the article, “Toy noted that in both the Athens and Pickaway County cases, ODH official Mary Martin testified on behalf of the agency, but that Dumm’s ruling says her testimony given that she has no scientific background isn’t sufficient basis to validate the Intoxilyzer’s findings as trial evidence.”
Up till now, prosecutors have relied on a 1984 ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court in the case of State v. Vega. Courts have interpreted that ruling to say that once the Department of Health certifies a breath-testing machine, a defense attorney can’t bring in expert witnesses to try to discredit the machine’s reliability. Now, Toy suggested, the rulings by Grim and Dumm may be swinging the authority for deciding what’s admissible back to the judges, and away from the state agency.
The article also points out some of the difficulties that the machine has encountered in other jurisdictions. “In Tennessee, he wrote, a state agency tested three different devices and did not approve the Intoxilyzer, finding that it “failed to yield satisfactory results on all accuracy, precision and performance tests. In Florida, the judge pointed out, there has been “considerable litigation” around the machine. In one case there, a state appellate court has ordered the manufacturer of the Intoxilyzer, CMI, Inc. to turn over the device’s computer “source code” which the company has so far refused to do, in defiance of a court order.”
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