20601A-WFNZ-the-fan-Final2 35h_CBSSportsRad_1660AM

News Home

Question On Jury Trials Could Soon Reach NC Voters

View Comments
File photo of a gavel. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a gavel. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters could decide next year whether some defendants should be given the option to waive their right to a jury trial.

The legislature has given its final approval for a question on the November 2014 ballot to consider an exception to the state’s constitutional requirement that every criminal defendant be allowed a trial and convicted by a unanimous jury.

The Senate agreed Tuesday to minor changes by the House to a bill to allow a defendant to be tried in Superior Court by a judge in non-capital cases. Such waivers are already allowed in federal courts and most states.

Constitutional amendments usually aren’t subject to a governor’s veto but Gov. Pat McCrory will still receive the bill because it contains proposed statutory changes if voters approve the question.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Trending on CBS Charlotte:

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 15,168 other followers