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Innocence Commission Pick Draws Ire of Defense Attorneys

"How does one sit as prosecutor member, retire, then immediately sit as defense member?" defense attorney Deb Newton, who has been an alternate commissioner since 2017 and has not yet voted on any cases, asked commissioners in an email that she later shared with The Associated Press. In an interview, she said she had attended several commission hearings on her own to familiarize herself with the process.

"I am personally and professionally deeply offended that anyone, especially an appellate judge, would so devalue our contribution by placing a recently retired career prosecutor on this commission in a place specifically reserved for the wise counsel and professional perspective of a trained criminal defense attorney," she wrote in the email.

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