WHAT: A state-ordered investigation by two former FBI assistant directors found that eight crime lab analysts at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation repeatedly misrepresented blood evidence or withheld critical information from defense attorneys. They cheated to aid prosecutors for 16 years.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Investigators uncovered 230 cases in which lab analysts filed reports that were, at best, incomplete. Of those, 190 resulted in tainted convictions. Three possibly innocent defendants were executed and four are on death row. Two others are serving life sentences for murdering ex-NBA star Michael Jordan’s father.
WHAT’S BEING DONE: The North Carolina attorney general is sending the cases cited in the investigation back for review in the counties where they were tried. A former lab technician’s testimony led to the exoneration of a murder convict falsely imprisoned for nearly 17 years.