Now state officials have the difficult but necessary task of reviewing the lab's other results to determine several things: Are there any more cases like [Greg Taylor]'s that need to be reexamined? Were the lab's procedures flawed? Is there criminal culpability and, if so, who are the ones that should be held liable? And finally, what should be done to ensure that there are no more Greg Taylors in the future?
MANAGING IN THE MILLENNIUM Integrity to prevent tragedy I n 1993, Greg Taylor was convicted in a North Carolina court of killing prostitute Jaquetta Thomas two years earlier. At the time cases like Taylor’s that need to be reexamined? Were the lab’s procedures flawed? Is there crimi- nal culpability and, if so, who are the ones that of his conviction, Taylor was a drug addict with should be held liable? And finally, what should little going for him, but as it turns out, his pro- be done to ensure that there are no more Greg testations of innocence were true. After spending Taylors in the future? nearly two decades in prison, Taylor was recently The state’s attorney general, Roy Cooper, has exonerated based on evidence gathered by the hired two former FBI agents with deep connec- North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. tions to labs and their operations, and charged The commission — the first agency of its kind them with sorting through this mess. It’s a — is charged with reviewing cases with substan- demanding but extremely important task: How tial evidence the perpetrator may not be guilty. can the citizens of the Tar Heel State feel con- Carole Moore Taylor’s case is also precedent setting: He is the fident in their criminal justice system if a vital first inmate whose conviction has been reversed component is broken? following an investigation by the commission. State officials in this case should be com- When the decision was announced, Taylor mended for moving with speed and decisiveness Integrity … is the walked free for the first time in many years. He is to correct the problem, but this incident has cer- most important getting to know his grown daughter and finding out what technology is all about. He asked the tainly left its mark on North Carolina’s criminal justice system. Until the study is completed and quality the governor for a pardon, which, if granted, would preventative procedures are implemented, it is make him eligible for up to $750,000 in compen- unlikely that public confidence will be r
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