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Drug Database Misused, Conviction Tossed

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Information from a check of the state’s prescription-drug database was improperly used to convict a man who possessed methadone, the 1st District Court of Appeal says. 

As the News Service of Florida reports, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective testified he used the database to find that Jermey Gene Hardy’s girlfriend did not have a prescription for methadone as he had told police.

But the appeals panel ruled that information should not have been used against Hardy in the case.

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