Buddy, Can You Spare a Jackson? Prisoners Phone Home at a Price

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Even prisoners need a chance to call home, but thanks to jail officials’ heartless decisions, few of these prisoners may have had the opportunity to speak to their mothers on Mother’s Day this year. Inmates in North Carolina, whether jailed for misdemeanors or felonies, say that they are victims of price gouging. Phone carriers charge more
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Second-degree Murder Charge in Raleigh Dwi Case

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Any alcohol related accident that results in injury or death will carry serious charges and penalties. After a drinking and driving related charge last year, a Raleigh, North Carolina man now faces second-degree murder charges. A Wake County grand jury returned a new indictment this week, however, reports did not indicate what precipitated the new charges. According to police records, the accident occurred
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High-profile Criminal Cases, Different Roles for Defense Counsel

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It is hard to know which trial to follow: the John Edwards campaign finance trial or the trial of the troubled young man accused of killing a member of North Carolina’s state board of education? Both cases carry some heartache, and both have provided challenges for criminal defense attorneys who must be aggressive client advocates
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History is on Hold: Court Blocks Enforcement of Cellphone Ban

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A state court judge has blocked enforcement of a Chapel Hill municipal ordinance prohibiting all use of cell phones by motorists while driving. Under the ordinance, cellphone use would have officially become a traffic violation on June 1. The law would have encompassed the use of both hand-held and hands-free cellphones and would have applied
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Documentary Explores Police Interview Tactics, ‘false Confession’ P2

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North Carolina’s Innocence Inquiry Commission was created to address inmates’ claims that they had been wrongfully convicted. While the commission’s process — if not its very existence — has come under fire, the media has highlighted stories of men who say they were tricked into confessing to crimes they did not commit. Faced with serious
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