Attorney General Roy Cooper apparently declined the request of Mayor Bell for the SBI to investigate the conduct of the DPD during the Nifong/Mangum investigation, saying that the SBI only deals with criminal investigations.
Cooper told Bell on Monday that the State Bureau of Investigation, which Bell wanted to perform the inquiry, only looks into criminal matters.Is that it, Roy? So, you're throwing your hands up in the air and declaring, "There's nothing more I can do?"
"I have not alleged any criminal wrongdoings in this process," Bell said in accepting Cooper's decision.
At Cooper's suggestion, SBI Director Robin Pendergraft is compiling a list of legal experts who could conduct the review. Bell and the rest of the City Council would have to decide whether they would want to hire one or more of them.
Ah, but there is. Let's look at some of the possibilities....