Prosecution Must Show Malice in Doctor’s Trial

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The Wake County trial of a doctor involved in a fatal crash has grabbed local headlines. The charges of driving while impaired and second-degree murder are based on police allegations that the defendant’s blood alcohol content was nearly twice the 0.08 limit and that he had been driving at nearly twice the posted speed. The
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Jurors and Tv-style Forensic Evidence, Conclusion

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We’ve been discussing the “CSI Effect” — that is, the strongly held belief that jurors are so accustomed to television’s forensic acrobatics that they expect real-life prosecutors to present the same type of evidence. Criminal defense attorneys from Raleigh to Portland believe juries are smarter than that, and a recent study confirmed that belief. It’s
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Jurors and Tv-style Forensic Evidence, Continued

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In our last post, we were talking about the “CSI Effect.” Prosecutors in North Carolina and around the country have complained for a while now that American jurors are so swept up in the high-tech world of television forensics that they expect real-life murder investigations to be just as flashy and complex. Without the fancy
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Jurors Are Demanding Tv-style Forensic Evidence – or Are They?

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Debates about forensic evidence are not new in North Carolina. For a while last year, it seemed you couldn’t pick up a paper without seeing a story about the problems at the state crime lab and the State Bureau of Investigation. A major concern for defense attorneys was the cozy relationship between the forensic scientists
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Laura’s Law Would Be Tough on Repeat Dwis

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Laura was killed last July when a drunk driver slammed into the car carrying the 17-year-old and two friends. The driver had three DWI convictions already. The accident sparked a good deal of discussion about North Carolina’s continuous alcohol monitoring system, or “ankle bracelet,” law. Under current law, a court cannot order an offender to
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