Old Cases To Get Fresh Look

North Carolina officials say they will re-examine thousands of old cases that included evidence from a forensics lab to determine whether any evidence may have been withheld from defendants.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday that North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has ordered a review to make sure prosecutors and defendants received critical information.

The review comes after State Bureau of Investigation Director Robin Pendergraft told The Associated Press on Feb. 19 that the agency did not always automatically provide complete crime lab test results for use in trials.

The problems were revealed in the case of Greg Taylor. Taylor was exonerated this month after it was revealed the lab did not report a negative follow-up test on what was thought to be blood evidence.


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