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James Jordan murder case pulled from SBI report

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By MIKE BAKER
Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Independent reviewers have removed the murder of Michael Jordan's father from a list of cases mishandled by North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation. Former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker said Thursday that the case was pulled after a second look at documents.

Swecker's review had concluded last month that the SBI failed to disclose that it had done four inconclusive tests on blood evidence in the James Jordan case. But Swecker said Thursday that he missed language in which the SBI did report that "further analysis" failed to give conclusive results.

Defense attorneys for one man convicted in the case had argued the physical evidence was weak. The convict's attorney says the SBI's handling of the case could still be significant.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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