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State v. Joseph Sledge

In the case of State v. Sledge, the Commission conducted a hearing on December 3, 4, and 5, 2014. The Commission voted unanimously that there was sufficient evidence to merit judicial review. At that time, the case was referred forward to a three-judge panel. The documents presented at the Commission hearing became public record and are included below.

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State v. Joseph Sledge Brief

Handouts provided to the Commission during the hearing

Commission Hearing Power Point Presentation

Commission Opinion

The transcripts of the Commission hearing are available for viewing ONLY. The transcripts online are NOT available to print. If you would like to purchase a copy of the hearing transcript please contact Court Reporter Ira Anderson at P.O. Box 6348, Concord, NC 28027 or (704) 467-4950.

NCIIC Hearing Transcript: State v. Sledge Day I

NCIIC Hearing Transcript: State v. Sledge Day II

NCIIC Hearing Transcript: State v. Sledge Day IIII

The three-judge panel was held in Columbus County on January 23, 2015. The District Attorney and the Defense Attorney agreed that the Commission uncovered new evidence of innocence and they jointly asked the Judges to vacate the conviction. The Judges agreed and declared Mr. Sledge innocent. He was released the same day.

Three-Judge Panel Opinion: State v. Sledge

Three Judge Panel Hearing Transcript: State v. Sledge

The documents from the three-judge panel hearing were made a part of the official court file and are public record. You may contact the Columbus County Clerk of Court if you wish to review those documents.


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