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Rex Curry appeared on WTVT Fox TV “Your Turn with Kathy Fountain,” for a live interview, on 2/14/07 with the topic “Mandatory Gardasil?” concerning a new vaccine intended to prevent cancer. Sounds great. But make it mandatory? maybe not. Guests: Other guests were Dr. Anna Giuliano worked on clinical trials for Gardasil,
State Senator Mike Fasano, and Terry Kemple with Community Issues Council
Pubdate: Fri, 16 Sep 2005
Source: DrugSense Weekly (DSW)
Section: Feature Article
Author: Stephen Young
Note: Stephen Young is an editor with DrugSense Weekly. A
new edition of his book Maximizing Harm is scheduled for
release next year.
SNIFFING OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUG DOGS: AN INTERVIEW WITH REX CURRY
How good are drug dogs at their jobs? Attorney Rex Curry has been looking at that question for years. Back in 2003, Curry argued a case in Florida challenging the reliability of a police drug dog. The dog had signaled drugs on Curry’s client, but Curry showed that the dog didn’t have adequate training, and if it did, police should have kept records proving that the dog was reliable for a decent wrap-up of the case, check this news story – http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03/n1194/a04.html
Curry’s argument prevailed, and the charges were thrown
out. Police appealed, so far unsuccessfully. But the
Attorney General of Florida is trying to get the U.S.
Supreme Court to take the case. Curry has archived the
court documents at his website –
http://rexcurry.net/drugdogsmain.html – which also contains
other details about drug dogs.
DrugSense Weekly interviewed Curry recently about the where
the case is going, and drug-sniffing dogs in general.
DSW: What is the status of the Florida v. Matheson case you
detail at your site? Is the case headed for the U.S.
Rex Curry: You are in luck because you are one of the first
to learn that the court has asked for a response (this is
also visible from the court’s docket entry) and I have been
told the court asked for transcripts. This is peaking
interest in the case. Of course, it is already AT the
Supreme Court, the only question is whether the Court
will “bite” at the dog case and decide to hear oral
arguments and issue a written opinion.
DSW: How did you get involved with that case?
Curry: I developed the entire strategy from the beginning
and argued the original motion to suppress evidence and
filed the original appeal that started the trek to the U.S.
Supreme Court. The victim of the drug dog talked with me
last night about the case.
DSW: It seems from information at your website that drugsniffing
dog training, quality and testing varies widely.
Is that correct?
Curry: Correct. Drug-sniffing dog training, quality and
testing varies widely.
DSW: How wide is the variation – for example, what is the
success rate of the best dogs vs. the success rate of the
worst dogs? How wide is the variation in the way success is
defined in dog training programs?
Curry: It is difficult to measure or quantify the width of
the variation. That is one reason why law enforcement does
not desire to keep records about their dogs. It prevents
attorneys from examining the issue. In a sense, one of the
ideas in the court case is “If you law enforcement officers
will not keep records, then we judges will make your lack
of records YOUR problem when we judges evaluate the dogs in
a motion to suppress evidence.”
DSW: I’ve read that dogs are most competent when they’ve
trained on, at most, five different drug scents, and that
attempts to train them on a higher number of scents just
confuses dogs. Does that sound accurate? If so, does this
play into court cases? For example, can you as an attorney
find out what specific drugs the dogs were trained to
Curry: Well, five is not a magic number. And your question
points up the problem: Every dog is different. Each must
be evaluated individually and repeatedly, with records that
are maintained to enable evaluation and to note changes.
For example, dogs age and dogs become ill. That and other
changes can cause a good dog to go bad at any time. All of
that plays into court cases and the reluctance of law
enforcement to keep records on dog performance. Usually an
attorney can find out what specific drugs the dogs were
trained to detect, but believe it or not, even those types
of records can be difficult to acquire. Once acquired, the
records can be vague about the actual training procedures
DSW: I’m told (ahem) that the scent of marijuana can vary
widely between different strains. Does this present a
problem for the dog, or is there some basic component of
cannabis that they will always recognize if they are
Curry: The state of science is not even able to answer your
question clearly at this time in the sense that scientists
are not certain what the dog is smelling as compared with
what you or I smell. For example, dogs are sometimes
trained using “pseudo” drugs that are not actual drugs.
Well, what if the dog is smelling something on pseudo
drugs that is NOT always an illegal smell? What if the dog
alerts to that smell, which is NOT an illegal component of
the smell? That is a difficult question to answer, but
could be aided with record keeping of the dog’s performance
in the field or “on the street.” The world’s oldest living
medical marijuana patient also pointed out a problem
with drug dogs. He said “I was in the airport recently and
a dog sniffed my bag and walked away. I called to the
handler and asked if the dog was trained for bombs or
drugs, and the handler said ‘for drugs.’ So I told him to
bring the dog back because I had marijuana in my bag.” His
medicine was in a bottle with a good cap, which can prevent
air-flow, meaning that it can eliminate or reduce any
Actual particles in the air that the dog would smell.
DSW: Given the problems with drug dogs explored at your
website, why do you think they are so popular with police
departments and municipal government?
Curry: Oh that is easy. You have to remember that there is
a strong incentive for law enforcement not to CARE whether
the dogs are accurate. The dogs can simply be props for
lies, in that the dogs are there to overcome refusals to
consent to search, and the dog provides law enforcement
officers (LEOs) with the ability to say that an alert
occurred even if there was no alert. And here is another
angle: some LEOs do not want a “drug dog,” they want a “car
dog,” in that they want a dog that when shown a car will
alert, as if to say “yes that is a car.” For some LEOs the
goal is to search whenever the LEO desires, period. The
dog is simply a ruse to do so. That is why the dogs are so
popular. Do not be confused with the idea that the idea
that there are “problems with drug dogs.” For some LEOs
those are not problems at all. And again, that is why some
LEOs have no interest in maintaining records about their
Rex Curry interviewd Dr. Susan A. MacManus, Distinguished University Professor, USF in 1990 on Jones Intercable (TV Channel 12) and Paragon Cable (TV Channel 33), “The Private Sector’s Views of Government Purchasing Policies and Procedures,” on the show “Young Republican Digest” (public affairs program), aired week of April 30-May 4, 1990 http://gia.usf.edu/faculty/data/smacmanus_media.pdf
Libertarian announces for commission
BY MICHAEL McCLELLAND
FLORIDA FLAMBEAU ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Tuesday. December 6, 1983 Florida Flambeau
Look out, Tallahassee democrats. Not only is there a new candidate in the running for the city commission, there’s a new party.
Rex Curry, a 22-year-old, second year law student at Florida State University, has announced his candidacy tor the Tallahassee City Commission on the Libertarian Party ticket.
Like the national Libertarian party, Curry centers his platform around the idea of reducing the size of government.
“We’re going to try to get the city government out of all areas where they don’t belong and give (those
areas) to private citizens or business” Curry said.
Under the existing taxation and government system, Curry said, people are frequently taxed for services they never use while others manage to avoid paying taxes for services they use regularly. A west side resident, for instance, pays taxes that finance the upkeep of roads on the east side. At the same time, a businessman who lives in the county and commutes into town every day might not pay a cent to maintain the road he uses daily.
Curry would like to see that changed. Under his philosophy, residents of a specific neighborhood would pay for the upkeep of roads only in that neighborhood, probably through required membership in a neighborhood association. Businesses would be responsible for maintaining roads in their area; if roads were allowed to deteriorate, business would do the same.
Curry would like to see that approach taken to many areas traditionally under the control of government and funded by taxes. In Tallahassee, those areas would include roads, drainage systems, the airport and the Civic Center.
“You’ve got people who are being forced to pay for art in City Hall, the Civic Center, the airport and pools they never use,” Curry charged. “These are poor people who don’t always eat well, or have nice clothes to wear, but they’re forced to pay these taxes.”
Curry plans to run for the commission seat presently held by optometrist Judd Chapman, who has already said he will run for re-election. Two other candidates -local political activist Ollie Lee Taylor and Tallahassee attorney Jack McLean— have already announced their candidacies for that seat.
While he conceded the Libertarian Party is a relative newcomer to local politics. Curry said he felt he had a good chance to acquaint voters with his ideas and win the February election.
“It’s a rational philosophy, and most people are rational,” Curry said. “I’m counting on them to
understand and accept my philosophy.”