SLED called on to investigate Implied Consent website following outage

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) is calling for an investigation after it was revealed Wednesday a temporary blackout of a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) website that houses videos of DUI breath tests and other records was not caused by a lightning strike.

SLED Chief Mark Keel announced Wednesday that a lightning strike did not cause the SLED Implied Consent website to go offline back in early July. SLED spokesman Thom Berry previously stated a lightning strike damaged a server holding "hundreds of thousands of files and videotapes" dating back to 1991.

Keel went on to squash any questions that the outage was hacker related, stating "any rumor that it had to do with hacking is totally false."

In November 2012, the South Carolina Department of Revenue was hacked and roughly 6.4 million residents had their social security and bank account numbers stolen.

According to a release from the SCACDL, the organization is calling on SLED and Chief Keel to "appoint an independent commission comprised of members of the defense bar, the scientific community and the judiciary to investigate SLED's entire Implied Consent/DUI programs and procedures."

"The truth of the matter is that SLED's deception concerning the cause of this data problem with their DUI system is incredibly troubling when one considers the mystery that surrounds SLED's DUI system when it is working 'correctly,'" the statement read.

The group claims they will call on Governor Haley and the South Carolina General Assembly to look into the matter if SLED does not investigate.

The website was restored on August 7 and all records and videos were recovered, according to SLED officials.

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