The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Crime Lab Controversy

Derrick Allen

Host Frank Stasio talks about the case and pending legislation that could change operations at the SBI with Mandy Locke and Joe Neff, staff writers at the News & Observer.

Last week, Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson publicly criticized the State Bureau of Investigation’s handling of a 1998 murder case, saying the SBI withheld evidence that could have aided the defendant in trial. The case of Derrick Allen, who spent 12 years in jail for the sexual assault and murder of a 2-year-old girl, is the latest to bring attention to the SBI’s policies and procedures at its crime lab.

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