Orange County Citizens Standing Up to Protest Loitering Law

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A number of laborers, business owners and residents announced their intention to protest a law that prohibits loitering in their Orange County, North Carolina town. The ordinance currently makes it a misdemeanor for anyone to “stand, sit, recline, linger, or otherwise remain” at a certain intersection in the town between 11 am and 5 am.
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X-ray Was ‘reasonable’ Way to Execute Search Warrant, P. 2

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We were talking about a recent decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. The case does not involve North Carolina directly, but the issue — the constitutionality of using an X-ray for a cavity search — is important to criminal defendants across the country. The appellant in this case is
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X-ray Was ‘reasonable’ Way to Execute Search Warrant, P. 1

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A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled recently that a nonconsensual X-ray of a suspect’s abdomen did not violate his constitutional rights. The case was heard in the 1st Circuit, which does not include North Carolina. However, federal appeals courts often cite cases from other jurisdictions as persuasive, rather than binding, law. And, when it comes
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North Carolina Providers Must Pay $3 Million for Medicaid Fraud

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North Carolina’s Medicaid program is the purported winner in two cases that wrapped up this week. The two defendants, both mental health providers, were sentenced separately in federal court on charges of Medicaid fraud. Their sentences were handed down earlier this week. In the first case, the U.S. District Court judge sentenced the defendant, a
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North Carolina Sides with Jails in Us Supreme Court Strip Search Case P4

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We’re finishing up our discussion of a criminal case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involves strip searches of non-violent detainees in county jails. The jails in question are not in North Carolina, but the state’s criminal defense attorneys are watching the case closely, because the ruling will certainly reach them. Just as
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