Proposed legislation introduced in the General Assembly earlier this month - House Bill 408 - would hold prosecutors responsible for giving defense attorneys what investigators have given them, but not what cops might have withheld.
The bill is backed by NC district attorneys. The legislation would protect DA's from blame if detectives withhold evidence. However, opponents say it would lessen the pressure prosecutors put on investigators to hand over documents.
2004 state law required prosecutors to share everything in their files in all felony cases and it was passed after it came to light that prosecutors withheld evidence documenting Alan Gells innocence. He had spent nine years on death row.
Opponents of House Bill 408 say if it's passed, it would make it harder for defendants to get information they need to expose the truth.