Panel to again discuss post-conviction evidence of innocence

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A panel of the North Carolina State Bar is meeting again to discuss a proposed rule requiring prosecutors to disclose evidence of innocence obtained after a conviction.

The State Bar’s ethics subcommittee meets Thursday in Chetola to discuss the proposal.

At its last meeting, the panel voted to support the general principle that a prosecutor’s duty to disclose evidence of innocence continues after sentencing. The members didn’t sign off on specific language for the rule.

The panel also agreed that all attorneys, not just prosecutors, should have to disclose evidence of innocence but the members were unclear how such a rule would work with already existing rules regarding confidentiality and privilege.

The panel is the first step in a lengthy process that eventually could land with the state Supreme Court.

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