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By MIKE BAKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina prosecutors say the State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab has found dozens more cases of mishandled blood evidence.

Peg Dorer with the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys said Tuesday that local prosecutors are preparing to review 75 additional cases. She said the SBI notified prosecutors about the cases last week.

An inquiry into the crime lab’s blood evidence practices last year found more than 200 cases were improperly handled during a 16-year period ending in 2003.

SBI officials did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Tuesday.

District attorneys say they have thoroughly reviewed 147 of the initial cases and found that each conviction was appropriate. They say that besides the blood work, there was overwhelming evidence of guilt including confessions, eyewitnesses and ballistics.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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