(Bismarck, ND) — Lawmakers are considering giving North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley more authority over the state crime lab. A proposed bill would eliminate language that requires the lab to operate separately from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Wrigley asked a committee yesterday to allow his office more control over what gets prioritized at the lab. Many defense attorneys and advocates for abused individuals say a lack of independence for the lab would mean results could be swayed by workplace bias or pressure from law enforcement and prosecutors.
AG Wrigley Wants More Authority Over State Crime Lab