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Lawyer who pursues innocence cases faces State Bar complaint

RALEIGH (AP) — An attorney who represented the first person in North Carolina released from prison after a being found innocent by a special judicial panel now faces charges herself from the group that regulates lawyers.

The North Carolina State Bar filed a complaint earlier this week against Chris Mumma of Durham, accusing her of violating rules of professional conduct in an innocence case involving Joseph Sledge, who was imprisoned for almost 40 years for a double murder. Sledge was released from prison in January.

Her attorneys say they look forward to working with the State Bar to resolve the complaint, which involves Mumma’s pursuit of DNA testing for a water bottle.

Mumma also represented Greg Taylor, who was found innocent of murder at a groundbreaking hearing in 2010.

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