Forensic Scientists – Under Prosecution’s Thumb? (p. 2)

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In our last post, we started to tell the story of an assistant medical examiner in Minnesota who claimed the prosecution made specific threats against her after she testified for the defense. The larger context is a nation-wide issue with state-run forensic science agencies and their questionably close ties to law enforcement. This should sound
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Forensic Scientists – Under Prosecution’s Thumb? (p. 1)

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Timing is everything. The Raleigh newspaper that brought the problems at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation crime lab to light recently criticized state officials for not promptly turning over documents requested under the public records law. One of the principal complaints about the SBI had been its close ties to law enforcement. The
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Boo!-ze It & Lose It Halloween Program Successful

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October is one of the deadliest months on the nation’s highways, and most law enforcement agencies attribute the increase in accidents to Halloween party-goers who get drunk and then get behind the wheel. The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program ran a Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” campaign this past weekend that pulled 774
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Sentencing Guidelines Amended for Drug Crimes

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to make temporary changes to federal sentencing guidelines last week. The amendments, which were part of the Fair Sentencing Act passed by Congress this summer, go into effect in federal courts this week. Congress proposed the changes to drug offense guidelines in an effort to equalize sentencing for crack and
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