Prosecutors Want Changes to Innocence Inquiry Commission

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The North Carolina General Assembly will once again grapple with issues surrounding the Innocence Inquiry Commission when the session starts in May. Prosecutors told a House judiciary subcommittee last week that they wanted concessions beyond what they agreed to in 2011. Proponents of the commission and criminal defense attorneys were surprised to hear that prosecutors
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North Carolina Men Found Innocent After 10 Years in Prison

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In the shadow of an execution that became an international cause, a three-judge panel in North Carolina found two inmates innocent of a crime they had been imprisoned for 10 years ago. They had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2000 but maintained their innocence as they served their sentences. The judges heard the case
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Innocence Commission Case Moves to Judicial Panel

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The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission has decided to send the case of two inmates to a judicial panel in September. The two men have been in prison since they entered guilty pleas to second-degree murder charges related to a home invasion 11 years ago. In April, they appeared before the Innocence Commission panel to
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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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