State v Shannon

In 2004, with significant input from Academy members, the North Carolina General Assembly made historic changes to our state’s criminal pretrial discovery rules and established “open-file discovery.” Before these changes, prosecutors had wide discretion when deciding what to provide from a criminal investigation to the defense before trial, and many criminal defendants were unfairly convicted as a result. Since the changes, prosecutors have attempted to limit open-file discovery in the legislature and the courts, while the Academy has fought to preserve it.

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