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Accreditation group defends review of SBI crime lab

Posted February 22, 2011

— The Missouri-based group that accredits the State Bureau of Investigation’s troubled crime lab is speaking out against criticism that it failed to find issues with the lab’s practices of reporting test results.

The issue stems from an outside review of the SBI crime lab last year that found that analysts misrepresented blood work in nearly 200 cases over a 16-year period.

Attorney General Roy Cooper asked for the review after testimony last February from an SBI agent at the hearing of a man wrongly imprisoned nearly 17 years for a murder conviction.

The man, Greg Taylor, was later exonerated and freed.

The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board has issued a statement on its website saying that “no evidence was found in the reviewed reports or case documentation that indicates any attempt to conceal the results of blood testing performed by analysts of that laboratory.”

It continues, saying that inspections of the lab in the 1980s and 1990s found that reports containing results of blood tests were in compliance with accreditation standards.

Since the SBI review, Cooper and SBI Director Greg McLeod have put forth a number of measures for reforming the crime lab, including plans to undergo a more stringent accreditation process.

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  • Inter Alios Feb 23, 2011

    The NY Crime Lab had similar problems, and there was evidence that supervisors were aware of the problems but did nothing about it (just like at our SBI). The District Attorney has requested a special prosecutor to investigate. Why hasn't Willoughby or Roy Cooper requested a special prosecutor to investigate the corruption at the SBI? It appears a cover-up is underway.

  • raleighwakenative Feb 23, 2011

    The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board is practicing the CYA theory. If you read the report written by the outside group, it is very obvious that the wording of the rports was misleading.

  • fishon Feb 23, 2011

    ASCLD is a lab accreditation for law enforcement. It is low on the totem of lab accreditation. NC SBI should be seeking ISO 17025 accreditation like many other crime labs in the USA.

  • RM24 Feb 23, 2011

    YouCantGetRidOfMe:Is this the same Accreditation group that is attempting to blackmail our school system?

    LOL, I am sure it is different but I expect the funds that support it are one in the same. And I also suspect that it is influenced by the same groups the other is also. Either way BOTH are USELESS/WORTHLESS.

  • westernwake1 Feb 23, 2011

    Accreditation - Just as worthless for a crime lab as a school system.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Feb 23, 2011

    Is this the same Accreditation group that is attempting to blackmail our school system?