Supreme Court Nixes Mandatory Life Without Parole for Teens, P. 2

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With the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 term concluded, legal analysts and court watchers have a lot of complicated opinions to hash out. The Health Care Act opinion may have stolen the thunder of every other opinion handed down this week, but one ruling deserves the attention of anyone involved with the criminal justice system. Two
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Supreme Court Nixes Mandatory Life Without Parole for Teens

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In its last week of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that could have a significant impact on the lives of some North Carolina offenders. The court ruled that a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole is unconstitutional for a teen convicted of homicide. Writing for the
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Protester Arrested for Not Playing Nice in Raleigh Ballfield Fracas

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A heated battle over a plan to build a baseball field for disabled children has resulted in criminal charges being filed against one man involved in the dispute. Police filed assault charges against a 48-year-old man who allegedly attacked a woman who was telling protestors to get off of school property. The incident occurred in
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Pretrial Release Program Cuts Could Help Few and Harm Many

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As the General Assembly hands the Racial Justice Act bill over to the governor, the North Carolina House could be debating another bill that would radically change the state’s pretrial release programs. The bill’s sponsors claim the programs are unnecessary; its opponents claim the programs provide vital services not just to people facing criminal charges
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Drug Conspiracy Allegations Result in Felony Charges

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Whenever the FBI gets involved in an investigation of a possible drug conspiracy, agents will usually investigate over a long period of time as they gather enough evidence to put forth a seemingly overwhelming prosecution against those accused of being involved in the crime. Drug conspiracy charges may involve suspicion of drug trafficking, drug possession
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