Lawsuits target Texas K-9 'scent lineups'


By Kevin Johnson
USA Today

VICTORIA, Texas — Two federal lawsuits are casting a harsh spotlight on an investigative tool long beloved by American law enforcement: a bloodhound's nose.

Lawsuits filed in Victoria, Texas, allege that Fort Bend County Sheriff's Deputy Keith Pikett and his team of hounds -- James Bond, Quincy and Clue -- failed controversial sniff tests known as "scent lineups.''

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