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Monday, August 7, 2006

North Carolina Creates U.S.'s First Innocence Inquiry Commission

From newsobserver.com: North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley signed into law Thursday the creation of the country's first state panel to evaluate felons' innocence claims.

The N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission will start reviewing such claims Nov. 1.

The commission's proponents say it will address inadequacy in the current criminal appeals process. The panel will focus on determining whether a defendant received a fair trial as opposed to evaluating guilt or innocence. Several North Carolina inmates who were later exonerated had to file as many as 11 appeals before they were freed.

"As a state that exacts the ultimate punishment, we should continue to ensure that we have the ultimate fairness in the review of our cases," Easley said in a statement.

The eight-member panel will consist of a judge, prosecutor, defense lawyer and others. Five of the eight members must agree that a defendant deserves judicial review. Then a three-judge panel must unanimously agree that a defendant has presented "clear and convincing evidence" of factual innocence to be exonerated. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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This is the first I have been to your site. I visited it to read the article on NC's Innocene Inquiry Commission.
I wonder if you are familiar with the case of Tommy Zeigler........on Florida's death row for 31 years. He has a plethora of new evidence. As a journalist, I've written a lot about the case. Some of my stuff and other info can be found at this blog www.tommyzeigler.blogspot.com/ I hope you will look at it, Thank you.

Posted by: Gail | Apr 3, 2007 9:51:14 AM

Why even bother with juries anymore...

Posted by: Me | May 28, 2007 12:48:09 PM

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