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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North Carolina defendants and their attorneys, take note: A Colorado man faces a maximum term of eight years in prison after being convicted this week of assault. The specifics of the assault were unusual, to say the least. He was apprehended after walking away from Hilltop House, where he was finishing up his sentence for
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North Carolina defense attorneys and prosecutors were stunned this week when Colorado law enforcement officers announced they were reopening the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation. The six year old was killed in 1996. Reports are that the investigation will include re-examination of physical evidence using new, more sensitive technology. Detectives are also expected to interview the victim’s
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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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