State DAs Seek Bigger Roles In Innocence Commission

Prosecutors are telling lawmakers they want a bigger role in the North Carolina commission that reviews convicted felons' claims of innocence.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported ( that prosecutors spoke to members of a House judiciary subcommittee Thursday about changes they want to North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission.

Prosecutors want to cross-examine witnesses and offer rebuttal testimony during the hearing before the full commission. Those on the other side say that's not appropriate at the fact-finding stage but happens if the case progresses to a three-judge panel.

Prosecutors are seeking the changes even though a compromise bill passed unanimously in the House in June. Commission supporters say they'll seek their own changes if prosecutors' proposals are added now.

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  • by Mr. America Location: downeast on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM
    Talk about letting the fox watch the hen house,Mike Nifong would have surely like to sit on an innocence panel for the Duke lacrosse players.With all the corruption in the justice system how can this even be an option?There are so many cases that evidence is withheld,or outright tampered with,and it takes years to undo,years that innocent people have to pay for.Then if the conviction is overturned nothing is done to the ones in the wrong.You can spray all the air freshener you want but this still stinks.
  • by Beachbum3 on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM
    that's what is wrong with the judical system currently as it stands the da's have been allowed to have undue influence in the sentencing an the trials an at ever phase of the judical system so they need tobe kept out of the innopces commission hearing when the system is final attempting to sit thing straight once an for all for the people that have been wrongfully convicted because of the infulence of the da's an their lying to convist innocesnt people with bad evidence in the first palce so i say they need to be kept out of the innocent comminssion hearing at all cost thank you
  • by resipsa Location: enc on Feb 17, 2012 at 09:52 AM
    Wait, the other side that cross examination and rebuttal evidence is not important to "fact finding." Wow, so what does the truth have to do with the Innocence Commission?

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