Federal Courts Begin to Act on Wrongful Conviction Cases

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Last summer, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals changed the way the North Carolina justice system defines “felon.” After months of reviewing files for convictions that ran afoul of the new definition, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation have a victory to their credit: Earlier this week,
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‘drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Til Labor Day, then Dnc Arrives

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This is no ordinary Labor Day weekend in Raleigh. The weekend traditionally marks the unofficial end of summer, but this year it also marks the early stages of the Democratic National Convention. The usual stepped up drunk driving enforcement campaign will likely increase exponentially over the next two weeks. The convention is scheduled to adjourn
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Criminal Defense Attorneys Have a Role in Reducing Recidivism

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The American Bar Association has passed a new resolution calling for criminal defense lawyers to use a holistic approach with their clients. The resolution follows the release of an ABA report on recidivism rates of convicted criminals. In North Carolina, anyone who has a criminal record learns quickly that there are long-term consequences. Ex-offenders may
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Racketeering, Insurance Fraud, Patient Neglect and Now Murder P2

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We are continuing our discussion of a case from outside of North Carolina that involves patient safety and racketeering insurance fraud. The three defendants — a doctor and two of his nurse anesthetists — now face second-degree murder charges. Prosecutors claim that the doctor, as the head of a number of endoscopy clinics, ordered his
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