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. 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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Sbi Policy Favoring Prosecution Was in Writing

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When a Raleigh newspaper reported this past summer that analysts in the crime lab of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation routinely withheld test results favorable to the defendant, the scientific community and defense attorneys urged the state to make the crime lab independent of the state’s law enforcement agency. Those efforts may be redoubled
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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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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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