Ex-FBI agents set to begin review of NC crime lab

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Associated Press

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 18 at 9:49 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two former assistant directors of the FBI are beginning a review of North Carolina's crime lab following revelations that led to a groundbreaking exoneration of a man wrongly accused in a 1991 murder.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said the independent assessment is set to begin with meetings on Thursday. Cooper ordered a review of cases dating to the 1990s.

Past practices at the state crime lab that Cooper now overseas came into focus after judges exonerated Greg Taylor after a lengthy inquiry into his claim of innocence. State Bureau of Investigation Director Robin Pendergraft has said the lab had a now-defunct policy of not automatically providing complete notes on blood test results for trials.

Cooper has also ordered an internal review of the matter.

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