Weather delays panel on NC jury trial amendment

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 3:54 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A state panel designed to provide more information to voters about a proposed change to North Carolina's Constitution involving jury trials has postponed meeting because of the winter weather.  

The Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission was scheduled to meet Monday in Raleigh. Now it's rescheduled for March 17. The commission's job is to prepare a background document explaining the question for voters accessible at county election offices.  

The actual language that will appear on the ballot in November was finalized by legislators last summer.  

The amendment would allow criminal defendants not facing the death penalty the option to waive their right to a jury trial if the judge agrees. It would adjust the current requirement that such defendants be granted a trial and convicted by a unanimous jury. 
 

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