NC becomes first state to require prosecutors and also private attorneys to reveal innocence evidence

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By MARTHA WAGGONER for the Associated Press

 North Carolina has become the first state in the nation to require not only prosecutors but also attorneys in private practice to reveal any evidence of innocence they become aware of after a conviction.

Sixteen other states have made this reporting duty mandatory for prosecutors as more innocent people are exonerated after spending years behind bars. North Carolina is the first to apply the rule to all attorneys, said Bruce Green, a Fordham University law professor who wrote the model rule for prosecutors for the American Bar Association.


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