Monday, August 30 | State Bureau of Investigation Scandal

August 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 1 Comment

In February of this year a man who served years behind bars was exonerated when it was revealed that the State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab withheld evidence in his case. What followed was a revelation of alleged procedural violations, bias and evidence tampering at the SBI. Raleigh News and Observer reporter Mandy Locke has followed every twist and turn of this complicated plot and some say that the paper’s expose on the SBI prompted the recent leadership change there. We speak with Mandy Locke and others about the SBI, the new leadership and how a crime lab is meant to work.
Guests
Mandy Locke
– Staff Reporter, Raleigh News and Observer
Matt Mathis – Director of the CMPD Crime Lab
Chris Swecker – Charlotte Attorney and Corporate Consultant

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  1. Mike:

    I don’t understand how one could say the rules were confusing. All tests and their results should be part of the public record. The fact that tests were conducted and SBI gave misinformation to those results is simply unacceptable.

    What ever happened to the presumption of innocence? Negative results don’t neccessarily mean a lack of evidence? Doesn’t make sense to me. As Judge Judy says “If it doesn’t make sense then it’s probably not true.”

    Mike you just hit it on the head…it is about funding and budgets. The more successful you look the more cash you will get.

    The fact of the matter is this scandal reaffirms many peoples’ suspicions that the justice system is stacked against the citizenry.


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