NC Senate panel OKs changes for faulted SBI lab


    RALEIGH, NC (AP) — More North Carolina lawmakers are signing on to reforming a state crime lab shamed by findings that employees may have tailored their work to help prosecutors in hundreds of cases.

    A Senate judiciary committee on Thursday recommended the bill, which makes it a felony for the workers at the State Bureau of Investigation lab to omit or misrepresent evidence.

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    The measure also clarifies that the lab doesn’t work solely for the prosecution, and would create a scientific panel to review lab procedures.

    Lawmakers are acting after a review by former FBI officials uncovered more than 200 cases the lab may have improperly handled during a 16-year period ending in 2003.

    The legislation passed the House 118-0.

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