- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the North Carolina NAACP’s request that the state attorney general’s office investigate wrongful conviction claims (all times local):

4 p.m.

Lawyers in the North Carolina attorney general’s office have met with a civil rights group calling for state investigations of wrongful convictions.

Attorney General Roy Cooper’s spokeswoman Noelle Talley said Cooper wants to work with the NACCP to address problems in the criminal justice system.

Talley says Cooper also wants more money for N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission, which has been involved in releasing eight innocent men.

The NAACP asked Cooper to create a conviction integrity unit at a Thursday news conference. The group also highlighted murder cases where defense attorneys say innocent men have been in prison since the 1990s.

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2:50 p.m.

The president of the state chapter of the NAACP is calling on the attorney general to set up a group to investigate claims of wrongful convictions.

At a news conference Thursday in Raleigh, the Rev. William Barber said Attorney General Roy Cooper should set up a conviction integrity unit in light of the number of people declared innocent. The N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission alone has been involved in releasing eight innocent men.

Barber also called on Gov. Pat McCrory to establish a task force to recommend ways to strengthen protections against wrongful convictions.

The NAACP held the news conference to focus on two murder cases where defense attorneys say innocent men have been in prison since the 1990s.

McCrory and Cooper’s offices didn’t immediately respond to Barber’s comments.

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