Governor’s Last Decisions in Office Include 50 Pardon Requests

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The coming New Year brings with it many changes. Among them are the end of the current North Carolina governor’s term of office and the swearing in of her successor. For some who previously faced criminal charges, it also represents a traditional opportunity to press forward with their pardon requests. The current governor has a
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Booze It & Lose It in Effect over Holidays

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A “Booze It & Lose It” enforcement effort over the holidays could put some motorists’ licenses at risk. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation says its intention in launching the campaign is to reduce the number of driving while intoxicated incidents and take intoxicated motorists off the road. The effort will mean many more state and
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State Crime Lab: is Backup Justice Delayed or Justice Denied?

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North Carolina legislators are gearing up for the beginning of the General Assembly’s next session. On Jan. 30, lawmakers will gather with a clean slate before them — well, relatively clean. While any bills left pending at the end of the 2012 session expired when the legislature adjourned in July, the state continues to grapple
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No Manslaughter Conviction for Driver in 2011 Fatal Bus Crash

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In March 2011, the nation was riveted as the story of a horrific tour bus accident unfolded. The passengers were returning from an all-night gambling outing when the driver apparently dozed off at the wheel. The bus swerved, hit the guardrail, toppled onto its side and hit a sign pole. The bus was going fast
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Compassion Lacking for Prisoners Asking for ‘compassionate Leave’

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Federal prison authorities have the power to release inmates from custody before the completion of their sentences when there are unusual circumstances, such as the prisoner being very ill or in the process of dying. This power was given to them explicitly in 1984 by an act of Congress. A report on what the federal
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