Monday, August 4, 2014
The North Carolina State Bar has filed ethics charges against a Johnston County Assistant District Attorney.
The attorney is alleged to have failed to make reasonably diligent inquiry into the availability of a crime lab report in a rape case. The charges were eventually dismissed when the lab report concluded that the sperm fraction from vaginal swabs did not match with the defendant.
Cocaine charges against that defendant were also dropped because he "had served more time awaiting trial than he could receive for conviction on the cocaine possession charge."
The attorney also is charghed with a false statement concerning the status of the DNA report.
The answer to the charges seeks dismissal. (Mike Frisch)