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North Carolina / Court System #317131

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 19, 1987
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Lumberton, North Carolina: Richard Schlesinger) Econ. impact on defs. of Robeson Cnty., North Carolina, mandatory appearance law combined with prolonged delays in cases coming to trial examined; details given, scenes shown. [Former defense Joyce LOCKLEAR - describes her experience.] Prosecutor's control of case flow and defs.' lives prior to trial explained. [Stoney McNEIL - thinks process is to break defense down; recalls employers' reaction.] Prosecutor's tactics in using system against untried defs. outlined. [McNEIL - cites economy need of pleading guilty to avoid losing another job.] Allegations that district attorney uses system to extract guilty pleas from defs. he's unable to convict noted. [Defense attorney Sneed HIGH - claims state holds defs. in court for which they lack necessary evidence to convict until defs. break down.] [Dist. attorney Joe Freeman BRITT - defs. tactic.] [HIGH - claims judges across North Carolina are aware of Robeson Cnty. situation.]

Schieffer, Bob;
Schlesinger, Richard

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