I can't help but reflect on the story we aired today, and will continue to follow, about the SBI and all of the possible implications.
Without having a reason to question those analyzing data in criminal cases and presenting the findings, we should assume their findings are 100-percent accurate and unquestionably the truth. Unfortunately, by the state's own admission, there is now reason to question some of what has been presented in criminal cases from 1987 through 2003.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says criminal cases may be reopened following an investigation that found state crime lab analysts omitted, overstated or falsely reported blood evidence.
The statement came after the government-ordered report by two former FBI officials found that SBI agents repeatedly aided prosecutors in obtaining convictions over a 16-year period, mostly by misrepresenting blood evidence and keeping critical notes from defense attorneys.
The review does not say there were wrongful convictions. That may now be an issue however that prosecutors and defense attorney's will be looking at closely.
The report includes a statement at the end saying, "This report is not an indictment of the SBI Laboratory." I'm including a link to the report for you to read and draw your own conclusion. Just go to the news and events tab to the right and click on "An Independent Review of the SBI Forensic Laboratory."
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