Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Concl.

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This is the last post in our series about the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. The state agency was established to help felons prove their factual innocence. The association representing the state’s district attorneys has lobbied for changes to the way the commission operates. The proposed changes, now before the General Assembly, would move the
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Part 5

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We are close to wrapping up a series about the North Carolina Innocence Commission. The agency came to our attention because of a bill pending in the General Assembly that would limit its powers — and, some say, its effectiveness. The parties supporting the changes believe the commission should not be used to handle cases
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Part 4

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We are continuing our series about the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. So far, we have covered current law and proposed legislation, as well as part of one man’s struggle to prove his innocence. Critics of the commission say the agency is supposed to handle special cases, rather than cases that “have fallen through the
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Part 3

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We’ve been talking about the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission and proposed legislation that would change how the commission operates. The bill’s supporters claim the changes are needed because the commission wasn’t designed to pick up cases that “fall through the cracks.” One man who pleaded guilty to murder 10 years ago would disagree. The
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Part 2

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The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission was created in 2006 as an adjunct to the state’s justice system. The commission investigates and evaluates post-conviction claims of factual innocence for felons convicted of any criminal offense. Claimants must prove the felon’s complete innocence with new factual evidence. In our last post, we reviewed the current law,
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