In discussing the Joan Little case, Cash did not mention that Ms. Little's attorney (Karen Bethea-Shields) represented Mr. Elmostafa in the "shoplifting getaway" case.
Defense Attorney Among Members Of N.C. Innocence Commission
POSTED: 2:46 am EDT September 29, 2006
UPDATED: 3:03 am EDT September 29, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A prominent criminal defense attorney most recently involved in the Duke University lacrosse case is one of the members of the newly-appointed North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.
In August, North Carolina became the first state to empower an independent panel to investigate convicted felons' claims of innocence. The panel will initiate reviews that could lead to overturned convictions.
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker and Court of Appeals Chief Judge John Martin announced the appointments Thursday.
Parker's appointments include defense attorney Wade Smith of Raleigh. Smith represents Collin Finnerty, one of three Duke lacrosse players charged with raping an exotic dancer at an off-campus party in March.