RALEIGH, N.C. – When a disciplinary hearing begins for an innocence attorney, some of the men she helped release from North Carolina prisons plan to support her.
The North Carolina State Bar is scheduled to start a hearing Monday for attorney Chris Mumma, director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence. The Bar accuses her of violating rules of professional conduct for attorneys in the case of Joseph Sledge, who served almost 40 years for a double murder he didn't commit.
Dwayne Dail says at least six men whom Mumma represented plan to attend the hearing. Dail served 18 years in prison for a 1987 rape before being released in 2007 when DNA testing proved his innocence.
If the bar finds Mumma violated the rules, it can issue discipline up to disbarment.