Sbi Troubles Continue As Interim Director Resigns, Panel Investigates

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Citing concerns about the time commitment the job requires, the interim director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation crime lab resigned this week. His decision was a blow to the agency as it struggles to reorganize, retrain and rebuild its reputation. As we’ve discussed in past posts, the SBI crime lab came under fire
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In a Strange Twist, Defense Counsel Disappointed Da Won’t Appeal 2009 Ruling

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The Orange-Chatham District Attorney’s Office announced last week that they would not appeal the Superior Court judge’s ruling in a 2009 Pittsboro case. North Carolina criminal defense attorneys, however, may be disappointed at the outcome — not that the defendants have been cleared of the felony charges that set the case in motion, but that the 2008 law they
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A Story of Mental Illness & Alleged Prison Abuse Comes to a Sad End

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North Carolina criminal defense attorneys are shaking their heads this week as they note the death of a prison inmate and the link to questionable State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) practices. The man, T.H., died of injuries he said were inflicted by prison guards following a fire in his cell back in 2008. He was
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Rja Cases Add to Courts’ Backlog

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Can things get any worse for the North Carolina court system? Already facing a backlog of cases, the courts can anticipate claims prompted by the State Bureau of Investigation’s questionable practices. And, they have to wade through the claims inmates, defendants and their attorneys filed under the state’s Racial Justice Act. The law was enacted
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Sbi Inquiry Continues – Das Join Defense Attorneys Insisting on Independent Audit

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The beleaguered State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) crime lab has lost a valuable ally following the recent investigation into sloppy, if not fraudulent, procedures. The North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys (NCCDA) has asked for a thorough investigation of all issues in every area of the lab. The NCCDA joins a long list of critics and
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