We want to finish up our discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court case about strip searches and Fourth Amendment rights before we talk about the Trayvon Martin “stand your ground” case. In our last post, we went over the majority opinion that said the strip searches were not unreasonable because they served a legitimate purpose.
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We are continuing our discussion of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could change the way jails operate across the country. Critics are astounded that the court upheld the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that allowed jails to strip search incoming detainees regardless of their crimes. Neither the case nor the appellate court was
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North Carolina’s defense attorneys and prosecutors alike were probably taken by surprise earlier this week when they learned the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that a detainee in a county jail may be subjected to a strip search regardless of the severity of the suspected criminal offense. The detainee in the case was arrested for
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The national media has been focusing its attention on the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin by a man who claimed self-defense. While many of the facts are disputed and the shooter has not yet been charged, much of the debate has surrounded “stand your ground” laws that may protect the shooter from criminal liability. State
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In our March 21 post, we discussed a cellphone ban proposed by the Chapel Hill Town Council. The council had scheduled a vote for March 26 after deadlocking. This past week, the council adopted the proposal: Handheld or hands-free use of a cellphone while driving will officially be a traffic violation in June. The penalty
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