Panel moves closer to approving rule on innocence evidence

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A panel of the North Carolina State Bar is moving closer to endorsing a formal proposal requiring prosecutors to disclose evidence of innocence obtained after a person is convicted.

The ethics subcommittee agreed unanimously Thursday at its meeting in Chetola on the wording of a rule for post-conviction evidence of innocence. A State Bar official says the panel must meet again to vote on a formal proposal.

At least 14 other states have a version of the rule, which is recommended by the American Bar Association.

The panel also discussed language requiring all attorneys, not just prosecutors, to turn over post-conviction evidence of innocence provided that didn’t breach attorney-client privilege or substantially harm the client’s interest.

No date was set for the next meeting of the five-member subcommittee.

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