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Law With a Twist

After reading Tara Servatius' column (Citizen Servatius: "The Nifong Protection Act," April 25), and listening to her interview with Attorney Jim Cooney on WBT, one can only come to one conclusion regarding the proposed laws to limit the requirement that prosecutors reveal exculpatory evidence to the defense: Our legislators and the prosecutors supporting changes to the current law, are NOT interested in justice; they ARE interested in WINNING. Attorney Cooney, in response to a question from Tara, said he didn't want to believe that prosecutors willing to twist the law, as Nifong did, are a large number. However, in light of the proposed changes to the law, I think it can be said, without doubt, that those supporting the changes DO NOT have the well-being of the general public at heart. Our justice system has always been based on the idea that it is better that some guilty persons go free rather than put someone in jail for something he/she did not do. It's sad that a large portion of our population no longer believes in that principle, as is shown by word and action every day.

-- Mark Selleck, Mineral Springs, N.C.

Moving Backwards

The attempt to roll back open file discovery is no real surprise (Citizen Servatius: "The Nifong Protection Act," April 25), since North Carolina is pretty much a backward state. I think I understand that North Carolina is also one of very few states that does not make available to the defendant what transpires or is presented against them in a grand jury (the defendant is not permitted to attend the hearing). If I'm incorrect on this, please let me know.

-- Lou Benzing

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