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Judge Arnold agrees to serve as interim lab director

Release date: 9/8/2010

Raleigh: Former North Carolina Appeals Court Chief Judge Gerald Arnold has agreed to serve as interim director of the SBI forensic lab, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Wednesday.
Judge Arnold will lead a legal review of all sections of the lab to ensure accuracy and full compliance with discovery requests for lab reports and lab notes. He will also oversee day-to-day operations of the lab.
“I expect Judge Arnold to provide an unbiased, independent look at the lab and to make sure that the lab provides results that are accurate and properly reported,” Cooper said Wednesday. 
Judge Arnold served on the Court of Appeals from 1974 until 1998, serving as chief judge from 1992 to 1998. He has also served as chairman of the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission. A native of Lillington and a graduate of East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina law school, Arnold has served in private practice, as a state legislator, and as president of Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company.
“Judge Arnold’s extensive legal knowledge and commitment to justice will be very valuable as we seek to improve the lab and restore public confidence in its work,” SBI Director Greg McLeod said.
Last month, McLeod named an eight-member panel, including prosecutors, defense attorneys and other representatives of the justice system, to aid in a national search for a new crime lab director. That panel will hold its first meeting today.  The group is expected to review the lab director job description and plan for the best ways to find highly qualified candidates.

Contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413