Bill to speed up presentation of evidence to District Attorneys goes to Senate

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    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.

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    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.

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