North Carolina District Attorneys Continue To Ignore Reality Of SBI Corruption

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Some North Carolina District Attorneys apparently continue to hold on to the blanket, unfounded assertion that no wrongs were committed on account of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) scandal recently uncovered. However, the independent audit commissioned by Attorney General Roy Cooper determined the SBI crime lab withheld or misreported blood test results in 229 cases. The SBI said this week that it has identified an additional 74 cases with similar issues.

The District Attorneys' position is simply ridiculous in light of the recent audit and examples of specific cases. Derrick Allen would certainly disagree. Chris Foye would likewise argue these District Attorneys are wrong.

Mr. Foye pled guilty to the 1991 murder of Bobbie Jean Morgan. After consultation with his defense attorneys, Mr. Foye decided to enter a plea (without acknowledging guilt) to the charge to avoid the risk of receiving the death penalty if convicted at trial. The problem with the case is that the SBI had identified another man's DNA in the victim's panties. That information would have obviously been tremendously important to his defense. However, the State never produced this potentially exonerating evidence to the defense. William Gerrans, who defended Mr. Foye noted "I absolutely never saw any report about DNA. If I had, I would have never let Chris plead." The SBI also failed to report a confirmatory test for blood was inconclusive. This test would have further provided an argument for the defense.

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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