FBI Report Says Crime Lab Misrepresented Crucial Blood Evidence in Hundreds of Cases

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Greg Taylor was wrongfully convicted of killing a prostitute in 1991 in North Carolina. Taylor proclaimed his innocence, but the evidence against him seemed insurmountable: blood from the victim found on his SUV.

The catch is that there was never any blood in the car. Taylor was convicted after crime lab technicians reported traces of blood on his SUV near the crime scene. Those same technicians buried the results of additional testing that showed there was never any blood.

Taylor wrongly served 17 years in prison until being released in February.

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Cooper said that the investigators pored through 15,000 lab files from the period between 1986 and 2003. Of those, they identified 230 instances where a lab report did not clearly reflect the totality of information in the lab notes.

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The investigation does not conclude that people were wrongly convicted of crimes, but it does call for a re-examination of 190 of the 230 criminal cases where blood evidence was misrepresented.

The independent report confirmed long-held suspicions about the people at the North Carolina crime lab. It said that "information that was material or even favorable to the defense was withheld and misrepresented."

Of the 190 cases that will now be reviewed, four people are sitting on death row, three have already been executed and five died in prison.

One of the highest-profile cases involved in the investigation is the conviction of two men for the murder of the father of basketball superstar Michael Jordan. Lab technicians reported that there was blood at the crime scene but they didn't reveal that four additional tests were inconclusive.

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Four of the technicians responsible still work for the lab and that state is promising that they will be disciplined. Since 2003, North Carolina's crime lab has changed its methods substantially. It uses modern blood testing methods and prosecutors have online access to lab files that they can give to defense attorneys, too.


http://abcnews.go.com/WN/fbi-north-carolina-crime-lab-buried-blood-evidence/story?id=11431980


Holy shit, I really hope no innocent people were executed because of this. The fact that one guy lost out on so much of his life is bad enough.
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Why the hell would they do that?
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I wonder if their "discipline" will involve serving 17 years in prison, or being executed after sitting on death row for a few decades.
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rabble rabble rabble...

earn your money, your job entails you to do it properly when lives and the well being of others are at stake.
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I wonder if their "discipline" will involve serving 17 years in prison, or being executed after sitting on death row for a few decades.

Frankly I'm shocked that there is no criminal offence here, anyone involved should be prosecuted.
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I wonder if their "discipline" will involve serving 17 years in prison, or being executed after sitting on death row for a few decades.

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Frankly I'm shocked that there is no criminal offence here, anyone involved should be prosecuted.

of course not. they push cases through, whether or not the evidence is there to justify prosecution. in that respect, they are valuable employees.
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Bloody hell.
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Why the hell would they do that?


Conviction rate.
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[quote="'-[NiL"]-']I've always said this would happen.
Yet you did nothing.


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the only reason you think they deserve the same punishment is because you're probably emotional on the subject, or just not as rational as you think you are.

an eye for an eye isn't the answer, if that were the case, if I had this job I'd demand millions of dollars because my job has high risk.
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Conviction rate.

What, so the lab teams have quotas to meet or something? I don't see how the results they show would end up in them being punished if a conviction isn't made.
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Jesus. That's insane.
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This is why I think they shouldn't be to trigger-happy with the death penalty...
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Human Error will happen. The problem is the people who made the mistakes and those who knew about the mistakes but did nothing will not be punished.
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Not giving pertinent information to defence attorneys and leaving stuff out of lab reports isn't human error, it's malicious.
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the only reason you think they deserve the same punishment is because you're probably emotional on the subject, or just not as rational as you think you are.

an eye for an eye isn't the answer, if that were the case, if I had this job I'd demand millions of dollars because my job has high risk.

I don't think anyone has called for the same punishment, people have used hyperbole to highlight the fact that the discipline will likely only, if even, result in them losing their jobs. Those who've already left seem to be getting off completely scot free. That seems crazy when these were malicious acts that resulted in such horrific consequences, it's also something which needs to be deterred.
I don't think they should get 17 years in prison, or even close to it, but I do think that there should be some sort of criminal conviction; and there may yet be but the article didn't mention one.


Also, the issue here isn't that mistakes were made, the issue is that data was deliberately hidden and misrepresented. We all know that crime labs make mistakes, perhaps we don't realise it enough though, but we at least expect that they won't deliberately lie.
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What, so the lab teams have quotas to meet or something? I don't see how the results they show would end up in them being punished if a conviction isn't made.


It boosts the whole legal system's conviction rate. They'll be under pressure to provide evidence that the police want.
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Also, the issue here isn't that mistakes were made, the issue is that data was deliberately hidden and misrepresented. We all know that crime labs make mistakes, perhaps we don't realise it enough though, but we at least expect that they won't deliberately lie.


oh I get it...I thought it was a simple mistake.

my mistake.

to reiterate my previous post...

fuck them, fuck them in their stupid asses.
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#26
The families of/ those people who have been convicted should sue the individual analysts for damages.
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Couldn't they be convicted for obstruction of justice? Or for being indirectly responsible for having innocent people sent to their deaths?
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The guy, and everyone else who was wrongfully convicted should have MASSIVE amounts of compensation, no tax for the rest of their lives and a steady income paid to them. 17 years robbed of you is terrible


rabble rabble rabble.

awesome tea party advocate just here to ask...why should I suffer??

rabble rabble rabble.
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#31
Give them all Get out of Jail Free cards for their next crime.
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the only reason you think they deserve the same punishment is because you're probably emotional on the subject, or just not as rational as you think you are.

an eye for an eye isn't the answer, if that were the case, if I had this job I'd demand millions of dollars because my job has high risk.

So what, you don't think they should be punished for making deliberate and malicious lies which sent innocent people to jail? I really hope nobody was executed due to this.

There should be a punishment beyond losing their job for this. It's completely unacceptable, makes a mockery of the legal system, and takes away innocent peoples lives.
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So what, you don't think they should be punished for making deliberate and malicious lies which sent innocent people to jail? I really hope nobody was executed due to this.

There should be a punishment beyond losing their job for this. It's completely unacceptable, makes a mockery of the legal system, and takes away innocent peoples lives.


I've already been corrected for my mistake.
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That is... horrifying actually.

If they get off without criminal charges filed against them, I will not be a happy camper.
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#36
Old news is old.

Seriously, it seems either some local radio station reported the story to me in the car or it's a clear troll news story nowadays.
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Four of the technicians responsible still work for the lab and that state is promising that they will be disciplined


Makes it sound like they'll get a slap on the wrist. Definitely an adequate punishment for ruining lives.
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#38
Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. What do you think he got, in return? Maybe the money from lost salaries of past years. Some money for restitution, psychological help, this and that. A couple of million? That's if he got any money.

I wouldn't stand for that. After losing all those years of my very own life...

Honestly, I could see myself planning something as soon as they would let me out. And I would just go on the most brutal rampage known to humanity and just turn everything in my path to scorched earth.

Or not. lol
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Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. What do you think he got, in return? Maybe the money from lost salaries of past years. Some money for restitution, psychological help, this and that. A couple of million? That's if he got any money.

I wouldn't stand for that. After losing all those years of my very own life...

Honestly, I could see myself planning something as soon as they would let me out. And I would just go on the most brutal rampage known to humanity and just turn everything in my path to scorched earth.

Or not. lol


Lol I actually think he'll be like "Can I get some compensation here? 17 years of my life wasted!" and they'll reply "You're free, isn't that enough?"
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Not giving pertinent information to defence attorneys and leaving stuff out of lab reports isn't human error, it's malicious.

It's criminal.
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