Criminal Charges Settled, Vioxx Causes $321.6m Pain for Merck

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A federal court has sanctioned Merck & Co. Inc. with a $321.6 million fine for its improper off-label marketing of its drug Vioxx. This fine settles criminal charges and will be shared by the federal government and 44 states, including North Carolina. The pharmaceutical giant recently settled a civil case about Vioxx that resulted in sizeable
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Racial Justice Act: Inmate Gets Life After 18 Yrs on Death Row

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North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act has done for one inmate just what it was designed to do: A 38-year-old African American inmate is no longer sentenced to death. Because a judge ruled that racial bias played a role in the trial and sentencing of the man, his sentence has been reduced to life in prison
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Raleigh Family Asks for Review of Swat Team, Other Police Actions

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The parents of a 31-year-old Durham man are not giving up on a dispute with the Raleigh Police Department. They believe their son is a “marked man,” even though the two misdemeanor charges against him have been dismissed. The family filed complaints with the RPD Internal Affairs unit and state authorities; to date, they have
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Supreme Court Says Strip Searches Outweigh Fourth Amendment Rights P4

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An arrest for a minor offense is usually handled quickly. Most of the 700,000 arrests on nonviolent, non-drug-related criminal charges every year go right to a judge, and the suspects are released immediately. If a judge is not available, though, the suspects are held in jail — and in many jurisdictions they are strip searched.
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