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Bill will even out jury selection process

Albany- Prosecutors say state lawmakers are leveling the playing field in criminal cases and helping victims.

The House passed a bill Friday that will let prosecutors strike the same number of prospective jurors as the defense. Right now, the defense has a two-to-one advantage. Dougherty D-A Ken Hodges says the measure has been held up by defense attorneys.

"I believe they had a conflict of interest, they shouldn't have done that. Now the crime victims of the state of Georgia are far better served by this measure and I am ecstatic," said Hodges.

The bill now goes to the senate. Hodges says, the bill will also allow the state to give a final closing argument in cases.

posted by jennifer.emert@walb.com

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