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Changes would require authorities to turn over sooner potential evidence

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina is poised to strengthen a state law requiring prosecutors to share everything in their files in all felony cases, a practice called open discovery.

District attorneys and defense lawyers said Friday they’ve agreed on changes that will require law enforcement officers, crime labs and other investigative agencies to turn over sooner any potential evidence that could help a suspect’s case sooner. The proposed law would make clear that crime investigators are expected to turn over any evidence even without a request from prosecutors triggering that duty.

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