Submitted by Cacky Catlett on Mon, 05/16/2011 - 9:37pm.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A method that could speed up offering the state's potential evidence to defense attorneys has been approved in the North Carolina House. The House voted unanimously Monday night in favor of legislation supporters say will strengthen a 2004 North Carolina law requiring prosecutors to share everything in their files in all felony cases so defense lawyers can review more items that may point to a suspect's innocence. The bill directs investigators to turn over evidence, even without a formal request from prosecutors. Defense attorneys have been worried district attorneys aren't pressuring police enough to give up evidence. Another law passed in March already makes clear it's a crime for a police officer to omit or misrepresent evidence. The bill now goes to the Senate. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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