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Monday, January 24, 2011

Evidence withholding could send cops to jail

The State Bureau of Investigation has been being investigated for about a year "amid disclosures that lab analysts failed to turn over blood test results favorable to defendants."

The Raleigh News & Observer "reported last August that problems went deeper; some agents bullied the vulnerable and some lab analysts pushed past the bounds of accepted science to deliver results that bolstered prosecutors' cases. And an audit ordered by Attorney General Roy Cooper, who oversees the SBI, cited 229 cases where lab analysts withheld test results that could be favorable to defendants."

Seven of the cases involved cases where defendants were sentenced to the death penalty, and three of them have been executed.
So far little has been done about it. But at least the state is considering changes that would make this activity less likely in the future.

1 comment:

  1. This issue goes back to ethics. It seems today that people as a general rule do not have any. The lab analyst's have to do their job properly and honestly all the time. This looks bad, not only for the cases where innocent people were convicted, but also the cases where people were found innocent. It's good to see that there are good hard-working people that are willing to get rid of the people that make us all look bad.