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Sinsheimer: AG, SBI face “a really big problem” (video)

Political watchdog Joe Sinsheimer says Attorney General Roy Cooper will have his hands full in restoring the reputation of the State Bureau of Investigation.

On Wednesday, an independent review by two former FBI officials found that analysts at North Carolina’s crime lab omitted, overstated or falsely reported blood evidence in dozens of cases. Here’s an excerpt from the audit:

The factors that contributed to these issues range from poorly crafted policy; lack of objectivity, the absence of clear report writing guidance; inattention to reporting methods that left too much discretion to the individual Analyst: lack of transparency; and ineffective management and oversight of the Forensic Biology Section from 1987 through 2003.

The review comes on the heels of an investigative series by the News & Observer highlighting agents who bent the rules to please prosecutors and laboratory practices out of step with the larger scientific community.

Not only could the findings impact thousands of cases, Sinsheimer believes it could cast a lasting doubt in the minds of some jurors in future cases.

This weekend on “News & Views” Sinsheimer discusses what all of this could mean for NC’s Attorney General and who will likely control the crime lab in the future. For a preview of his interview with Chris Fitzsimon, please click below:

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Click here to read the independent review of the SBI forensic laboratory.

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  1. The Progressive Pulse – TGIF Lunch Links

    August 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

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