North Carolina Attorney General Responds to State Crime Lab Story

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A story from last Sunday’s Charlotte Observer sharply criticized the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) for failing to enact reforms promised by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. In response to this and other criticism, Attorney General Cooper removed the head of the SBI and promised to appoint new leadership in the form
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Legislators Propose Repeal of Racial Justice Act

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The North Carolina House of Representatives referred a controversial bill to committee this week. House Bill 615 is titled “An Act to Reform the Racial Justice Act of 2009 to Be Consistent With the United States Supreme Court’s Ruling in Mccleskey v. Kemp.” The Racial Justice Act was a hot topic during the 2010 election
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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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Sbi Analyst, You’re No Abby Sciuto (part 2)

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The investigative report in a Raleigh newspaper last week caught the attention of criminal defense attorneys across North Carolina. The series highlighted some critical shortcomings — and sparked some changes — at the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) crime lab. Fans of the television show “NCIS” know that crack forensic scientist Abby Sciuto has credentials as impressive
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