SBI Articles: September 15th


Asheville Citizen Times: Asheville pastors: SBI crime lab woes show need to eliminate death penalty

“North Carolina’s criminal justice system is so fraught with cheating that lawmakers should eliminate the death penalty to keep innocent people from being executed, local pastors and an exonerated death row inmate said Tuesday.

Speaking at a news conference in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse, participants said recent revelations about fraud in the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab only underscore an enduring problem.

“Our faith in the criminal justice system is shaken, but our resolve to make it better (is) not,” said the Rev. Jim Abbott of St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church. “We are deeply concerned innocent people may have been wrongly convicted.”

NPR: N.C. State Crime Lab’s Work  Draws Scrutiny

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Fayetteville Observer: Editorial: Rebuilding – State crime lab overhaul is urgent business

“When hearings on the State Bureau of Investigation’s discredited crime laboratory begin this week, there will be a broad range of opinions on how to restore its integrity and credibility.

But unanimous agreement is likely on one thing: Sweeping change is urgent.

The hearings, by a joint House-Senate committee co-chaired by Rep. Rick Glazier of Fayetteville, will begin Thursday. Glazier and other members of the oversight panel say they haven’t decided if they want the lab to continue as part of the SBI or to become an independent unit, as Senate leader Marc Basnight has suggested. “The most important thing we have to do is return credibility to the State Bureau, many of whose experts are exceptionally good,” Glazier said.”


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