Panel delays debate on plan for innocent convicts
RALEIGH (AP) ó Lawmakers are postponing discussion on a plan to boost the amount of money wrongfully convicted people can receive from the state.
A House judiciary panel on Thursday delayed discussing the measure until Tuesday.
Committee chairman Rep. Dan Blue, a Wake County Democrat, said the postponement will allow Rep. Rick Glazier to explain the bill.
Glazier, a Cumberland County Democrat who is co-sponsoring the plan, is recovering from surgery.
State law allows wrongfully convicted people to receive $20,000 for each year they spent in prison, including any time they spent behind bars awaiting trial. Glazierís plan would boost that amount to $40,000 a year. To qualify, wrongly convicted people must obtain a pardon of innocence from the governor.