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Judge slams prosecution in N.C. case

Judge slams prosecution in N.C. case
Derrick Allen's mugshot, via NBC17 Durham.

RALEIGH, N.C., March 10 (UPI) -- A North Carolina judge says prosecutors and investigators broke state laws in a case against a man in the death of his girlfriend's daughter 13 years ago.

The state violated both the U.S. and state constitutions in intentionally keeping information from the man, Derrick Allen, that would have helped his defense, Durham County Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson said in a written order Thursday confirming his dismissal of charges against Allen.

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Allen has maintained his innocence from the time he was first arrested and tried in the death of 2-year-old Adesha Artis in 1999, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

He was freed from prison in September amid questions of how the State Bureau of Investigations handled the case.

Multiple violations by prosecutors and the SBI were willful, flagrant, deceptive, intentional and fraudulent, Hudson said in his written order.

"It is no longer possible for Mr. Allen to ever receive a fair trial," Hudson wrote.

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