Tour Bus Driver Won’t Face Traffic Charges

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The driver of a tour bus involved in a fatal accident in May will not face all of the charges originally filed against him. The four involuntary manslaughter counts will remain, but the prosecution has dropped the misdemeanor reckless driving charge. The bus, operated by a North Carolina discount bus company, was heading north on
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North Carolina Men Found Innocent After 10 Years in Prison

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In the shadow of an execution that became an international cause, a three-judge panel in North Carolina found two inmates innocent of a crime they had been imprisoned for 10 years ago. They had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2000 but maintained their innocence as they served their sentences. The judges heard the case
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Attorneys Seek New Trial for Man Convicted of 1970 Murders

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The 1970 case of Jeffrey MacDonald and the murders of his family garnered national attention, perhaps because they came close on the heels of the Manson Family murders. MacDonald, an Army doctor stationed in North Carolina, is serving three life sentences right now for the murders of his wife and his two daughters. He has
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, Concl.

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In North Carolina, it is a crime to strike an emergency room nurse or doctor. Depending on the harm inflicted, an offender can be charged with misdemeanor or felony assault. While it makes sense to arrest someone who intentionally attacks a nurse for criminal purposes, the law is less clear-cut when we think about the person
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, P. 3

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We are close to wrapping up our discussion of how jails and prisons are dealing with the mentally ill. Anyone involved with the criminal justice system — either defense or prosecution — is aware that the number of inmates with mental illness has increased dramatically over the past two decades. The problem, of course, is that
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