WITN  | Greenville, NC  | News, Weather, Sports

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 (http://bit.ly/As6nFO) 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.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WITN

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 139513173 - witn.com/a?a=139513173