Durham Ballistics Lab in the Works Before Sbi Probe

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Durham has a lot of gun crime, according to the city’s police forensics manager. In the firearms lab at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, gun and bullet evidence from Durham account for a full third of the agency’s workload. Processing the evidence, though, can take the SBI’s lab up to two years, holding
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Afraid of What They’ll Find? Sbi Reforms Stall (p. 2)

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In our last post, we were discussing the progress made by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to implement changes promised by leadership following an investigative news story and an audit last summer. It will come as no surprise to many criminal defense lawyers that progress has been minimal. SBI and crime lab
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Afraid of What They’ll Find? Sbi Reforms Stall

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The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab had followed policies and indulged in practices that a Raleigh newspaper and an independent auditor found were unethical, scientifically unsound, biased or all three. Leadership promised immediate action and swift change when the story broke last August. Defense lawyers were skeptical, and for good reason, it turns
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Forensic Scientists – Under Prosecution’s Thumb? (p. 2)

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In our last post, we started to tell the story of an assistant medical examiner in Minnesota who claimed the prosecution made specific threats against her after she testified for the defense. The larger context is a nation-wide issue with state-run forensic science agencies and their questionably close ties to law enforcement. This should sound
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Forensic Scientists – Under Prosecution’s Thumb? (p. 1)

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Timing is everything. The Raleigh newspaper that brought the problems at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation crime lab to light recently criticized state officials for not promptly turning over documents requested under the public records law. One of the principal complaints about the SBI had been its close ties to law enforcement. The
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