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WHAT IS WRITTEN ABOUT: James Shellow

 

The Honorable John Minor Wisdom writes
The day before trial, the prosecution learned that James Shellow, well known as an expert in defending cocaine charges, would join Bockius’s two attorneys who had already filed notices of appearance. Shellow had originated a sophisticated scientific defense grounded in the chemistry of cocaine. In the trial he conducted what may properly be described as an extraordinarily able examination of the witnesses, based on his knowledge of the chemistry of cocaine.

According to Shellow’s theory, which is generally accepted in the scientific community, only one of the eight cocaine isomers, L-cocaine, falls within the Schedule II definition. D-cocaine has a molecular structure that is the mirror image of L-cocaine. Often the two are found mixed. The government, therefore, had to prove that the substance in question was L-cocaine, rather than another form of the drug.

United States v. Bockius (5th Circuit).

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