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7.17.03

Supreme Court upholds short form indictment

( (Raleigh-AP) -- North Carolina's Supreme Court upheld short-form indictments today in a decision that affects nearly every death row prisoner in the state. The decision came in the case of Robeson County inmate Henry Lee Hunt. A lower court decision in Hunt's case put a halt to executions in the state until his case was decided. Nearly every inmate on death row was charged with a short-form indictment. Short form indictments don't list what are called aggravating factors. Hunt's lawyers argued that a grand jury should know what the factors were before voting on a capital murder charge. Short form indictments have been used in North Carolina since the 19th century. Hunt was convicted of killings in 1984 in Robeson County.
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