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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