Eyewitness Identification Decision May Challenge Law Enforcement

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While North Carolina sits out Hurricane Irene, we will turn our attention to the problems with eyewitness identification. Anyone who watches television is familiar with the scenario: The victim’s neighbor is on the stand. The prosecutor asks if she saw the man who assaulted the victim. She points at the defendant and cries, “Yes! That’s
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Innocence Commission Case Moves to Judicial Panel

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The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission has decided to send the case of two inmates to a judicial panel in September. The two men have been in prison since they entered guilty pleas to second-degree murder charges related to a home invasion 11 years ago. In April, they appeared before the Innocence Commission panel to
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Nursing Home Trial Continues with Dramatic Testimony

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Prosecution witnesses have testified this week with heartbreaking detail about a troubled marriage. We are returning, once again, to the trial of the man who killed eight people at the nursing home where his estranged wife worked. The trial is being held in Carthage, a little over an hour south of Raleigh. Early in the week,
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Judge Oks Use of Wife’s Medical Records in Nursing Home Trial

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A key witness was unable to testify last week at the trial of the man who shot ten people in a North Carolina nursing home. The witness is the defendant’s ex-wife, whom many believe was his primary target. She was hospitalized last week after attempting suicide the day before the murder trial began. The judge
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East Carolina Student Admits Her Sexual Assault Complaint Was False

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On July 25, an East Carolina University student filed a report with the university police alleging she was sexually assaulted by two men in an off-campus area while she was on her way to a workout. The woman’s actions caused officials to launch an extensive investigation into her sexual assault allegations. The investigation spanned two-and-a-half
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