State Prosecutors Want More Anti-Corruption Power Like Feds

A state prosecutor says North Carolina's judicial system can combat political corruption if it gets the same special tool that federal officials can use.

The feds can call a witness before a special investigative grand jury and make them answer questions. The state system doesn't have the same option.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby says he wants the same power so the state prosecutors won't have to rely on help from the federal courthouse.

The latest case using the special grand jury involved former House Speaker Jim Black. In the past, Willoughby had to ask help from the feds to send former Agriculture Secretary Meg Scott Phipps to prison.