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New Challenge to N.J. Alcotest

Per The New Jersey Law Journal:

"Defense lawyers have lodged another challenge to statewide use of the Alcotest in drunken driving cases, claiming the database of readings established in compliance with a Supreme Court directive is incomplete and corrupt.

"In motion papers filed Tuesday, Evan Levow of Cherry Hill and Matthew Reisig of Freehold want the Attorney General's Office to show cause why it should not be compelled to redesign the database, established last November.

"Discrepancies found in a review of data downloaded from a state website ranged from 'confusion of data to sanitization of demonstrable error,' the lawyers allege.

"A defense expert, East Windsor solo Samuel Sachs, discovered corrupted data for 15 of 45 Alcotest machines by comparing individual reports, obtained from CD-ROMs created by state technicians, to the same reports on the state website.

"Data from the East Brunswick Police Department, for example, allegedly shows several errors when viewed on CD-ROMs downloaded from the machines, but those errors do not appear in the database."

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