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Critics target NC bill limiting DAs evidence risk

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RALEIGH, NC (AP)-- Defense attorneys and people who were wrongly convicted after their lawyers did not get crucial investigative details are criticizing legislation proposed in North Carolina.

A news conference Monday aims to draw attention to the cases of people who were wrongly convicted in cases in which their lawyers did not learn crucial investigative details. They include Greg Taylor of Raleigh and Darryl Hunt of Winston-Salem, who both spent more than 17 years in prison on faulty murder convictions.

Proposed legislation introduced in the General Assembly earlier this month would hold prosecutors responsible for giving defense attorneys what investigators have given them, but not what cops might have withheld.

Peg Dorer of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys says current law makes district attorneys responsible for things they don't know exist.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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