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Norman Mack

Other Houston Drug Exonerations
On October 5, 2005, police in Houston, Texas, arrested 25-year-old Norman Mack after confiscating a substance that field-tested positive as cocaine.
 
He pled guilty in Harris County Criminal District Court to possession of a controlled substance on November 17, 2005. He was sentenced to six months in jail.
 
Later that month, the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory tested the substance and discovered that it was chlorpromazine, not cocaine.
 
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office notified Mack’s attorney and prepared a state petition for a writ of habeas corpus.
 
The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals issued the writ on March 1, 2006. Mack was released the same day.
 
The District Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge on March 27, 2006.
 
– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 10/25/2012
State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2005
Convicted:2005
Exonerated:2006
Sentence:6 months
Race:Black
Sex:Male
Age at the date of crime:25
Contributing Factors:False or Misleading Forensic Evidence
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No