Panel: Innocence lawyer violated ethics in helping client

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Bar has ruled that a lawyer who advocated for the wrongly convicted committed an ethical violation while trying to prove the innocence of a client.

Multiple media outlets report a State Bar disciplinary panel ruled Thursday against Chris Mumma, director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence. Mumma was accused of taking a water bottle from someone without permission and having it tested for DNA. Mumma was trying to prove the innocence of Joseph Sledge, who served almost 40 years for a double murder until he was proven innocent.

WRAL-TV reported that the panel dismissed claims that Mumma was dishonest or deceitful or acted in a way prejudicial to the administration of justice. The panel will now determine her punishment.

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