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Former SBI Agent Duane Deaver Appeals Firing

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Former SBI agent Duane Deaver has appealed his firing. The story is here.

His appeal will take place in the Office of Administrative Hearings. The case may give the public a look into a workplace generally closed off by personnel laws. Deaver's lawyers, Philip Isley and Philip Miller of Raleigh, will be able to gather SBI records and interview Deaver's bosses and colleagues under oath, such as current SBI director Greg McLeod,  former director Robin Pendergraft and perhaps Attorney General Roy Cooper.

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Joe Neff came to The N&O in 1992 and has covered prisons, police, courts and the legislature. His most recent major work was "Prognosis: Profits" a five-part series about the clout and profitability of North Carolina's non-profit hospital industry. Joseph Neff is an investigative reporter who joined The News & Observer in 1992. His reporting helped lead to the conviction of former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps and the exoneration of former death row inmate Alan Gell. Neff worked on Agents' Secrets, a four-part investigation into the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. He has also written articles on Blackwater, the V-22 Osprey, Mike Nifong’s misconduct and “Losing Track,” a three-part series showing trouble in the state’s probation system. Neff is a graduate of Northwestern and Columbia universities. He can be reached at