Jurors Are Demanding Tv-style Forensic Evidence – or Are They?

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Debates about forensic evidence are not new in North Carolina. For a while last year, it seemed you couldn’t pick up a paper without seeing a story about the problems at the state crime lab and the State Bureau of Investigation. A major concern for defense attorneys was the cozy relationship between the forensic scientists
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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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