As any San Marcos criminal lawyer will tell you, while forensic science may not be as accurate as tv and movies would leave you to believe, the discipline still does add critical evidence to many cases. In fact, even as something as seemingly innocent and easy-to-overlook as a cat hair could mean the difference in a case.
In October of 2016, someone sent mail bombs to President Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and former Social Security Administration Commissioner Carolyn Colvin. Fortunately, the packages for Obama and Colvin were flagged and stopped before they got to their intended targets and the one received by Governor Abbott failed to detonate. Now a woman, Julia Poff, is being charged with the crime and among other evidence is a simple cat hair that got stuck under the label sent to President Obama and according to Escondido federal crimes attorney Peter Liss, that could be the critical piece of evidence linking Poff to the case.
Poff had a motive to send mail bombs to the three officials as she was repeatedly denied Social Security benefits and was upset by the handling of a child support case that took place while Abbott was the attorney general in Texas. But any Fallbrook defense lawyer will tell you that motive alone isn’t enough to prove someone’s guilt.
That being said, there is plenty of evidence against Poff. A damaged shipping label on one of the packages contained her address, one of the packages contained a salad dressing bottle cap from a brand of dressing Poff had purchased, a cigarette box used in the mailings had a stamp on it identifying that it came from a shop Poff visited, she had latex gloves and fireworks in her home and she previously worked in a fireworks stand. But while most of that evidence is circumstantial -save for the mailing label, having a cat hair on the package match that of Poff’s cat is particularly damaging to her case.
The woman is now being charged with mailing injurious articles, transportation of explosives with intent to kill, and more, which could leave her in prison for a long period of time.
If you have been accused of a crime, remember that even the tiniest piece of evidence could make a major difference in your case. That’s why you should always contact a Rancho Bernardo federal attorney as soon as you believe you are under investigation. A top lawyer can protect you from unreasonable search and seizures, fight to have evidence excluded from trial and show that while something may make you look guilty, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free initial consultation with Peter M. Liss, please call (760) 643-4050 as soon as possible.
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