A civil rights complaint has been filed in federal court on behalf of Plaintiff Gregory Flynt Taylor against Peter Duane Deaver and other former employees of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation seeking damages for his wrongful incarceration. The complaint may be viewed here.
In April 1993, Mr. Taylor was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a murder two years earlier which he did not commit. The Defendants worked in the SBI Crime Lab and wrote a deliberately misleading report about evidence collected from the crime scene. Because this report misrepresented the facts and the findings of the laboratory tests, Mr. Taylor was convicted of a crime he did not commit and spent the next 17 years in prison. On February 17, 2011 a three-judge panel unanimously found that Mr. Taylor was innocent of the charge of murder and ordered his immediate release. Mr. Taylor was given a full Pardon of Innocence by Governor Beverly Perdue on May 21, 2010.
Mr. Taylor’s complaint brings claims under the federal constitution, North Carolina Constitution, and North Carolina common law. Mr. Taylor is represented by Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh, as well as Spencer Parris and Christopher Olson at Martin & Jones.