Council Will Not File Amicus Brief In Silk Plant Forest Case

9:14 PM, Aug 6, 2012   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- The city council voted not to file an amicus brief  in the Silk Plant Forest case Monday night.

After a 90-minute closed session, the council emerged with an answer.

Mayor Allen Joines announced, on the advice of the city attorney, the council would not file an amicus brief in the case.

That means the council will not direct the city attorney to file a motion that asks a judge to consider the recent findings of an independent investigator in potentially granting Kalvin Michael Smith a new trial.

Smith is in jail after being convicted for the 1995 beating of Jill Marker at the Silk Plant Forest store.

After a former FBI assistant director released a 37-page report detailing numerous missteps by investigators, the Silk Plant Forest Truth Committee reached out to the city council asking members to intervene in the case.

The mayor would not release any information on why the council was advised not to file the brief, or if the council planned to take another course of action.

All information on the decision will be issued in a statement from the council by Friday.

Related: W-S City Council Could Send Silk Plant Findings To Judge

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