House OKs expanding investigative grand juries
Attorney General Roy Cooper says he's pleased with legislation approved by the House that would allow prosecutors to convene grand juries to investigate possible public corruption and financial fraud in North Carolina.
The chamber voted unanimously Tuesday In favor of the measure that would expand the power of investigative grand juries, which are currently limited in state courts to examine potential drug trafficking.
Cooper and district attorneys have sought the expansion for years, arguing the lack of authority has meant such cases are handed off to federal investigators to scrutinize. The grand juries can call witnesses to testify under oath and can review documents. Cooper says the bill is a good first step toward having a critical tool to fight corruption.
The bill now goes to the Senate.
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