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North Carolina, for reasons of order and convenience, is the only state that allows prosecutors to determine the trial date for a defendant. Despite its good intentions, the rule is working contrary to the goals of an efficient criminal justice system.
The 1959 North Carolina General Assembly dealt with issues of criminal procedure particularly related to the powers of law enforcement and the procedures for extradition.
The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is guilty of shoddy practices. The SBI was recently audited and the audit found that the SBI misrepresented evidence in at least 230 cases involving blood evidence over 16 years from 1987 to 2003. Several area professors of law discuss claims that racial bias is also a factor in investigations and the misrepresentation of evidence. Critics argue that these findings are more reasons why citizens should oppose the death penalty and the governor should halt the practice until a more thorough investigation of the SBI can take place.