Capital Punishment

NC Bungled Death-Penalty Prosecutions

Could North Carolina have executed prisoners without giving them a fair trial? North Carolina’s crime lab omitted, overstated, or falsely reported blood evidence in dozens of cases—including three that ended in executions (and also the murder of Michael Jordan’s father). The discovery was made after a government-ordered review that recommended the state take another look at 190 cases from 1987 to 2003. It does not say that anyone was wrongly convicted; it will be up to attorneys and courts to decide whether they were.