Prosecutors Want Changes to Innocence Inquiry Commission

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The North Carolina General Assembly will once again grapple with issues surrounding the Innocence Inquiry Commission when the session starts in May. Prosecutors told a House judiciary subcommittee last week that they wanted concessions beyond what they agreed to in 2011. Proponents of the commission and criminal defense attorneys were surprised to hear that prosecutors
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Dwi Charge Prompts Defendant to Change Her Life

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Certain wake-up calls aren’t what you want to experience, while others prompt you to change your life. That was the case for a North Carolina woman. Last February the woman was charged with DWI and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. It was a cold winter evening last year when the defendant’s car ran
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North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act Put to Its First Test

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The Racial Justice Act, saved from repeal by Gov. Bev Perdue last December, faces its first real-life test this week. The law allows death row inmates to use statistics to prove that racial bias was a significant factor at trial, in sentencing or in denial of an appeal. If the petitioner succeeds, the sentence is
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Make Safety the Theme of Your Super Bowl Party This Year

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The day of the Super Bowl is one of the biggest drinking days of the year, and that means the roads in and around Raleigh will be dotted with sobriety checkpoints. Neighborhoods will see more patrol cars around, too. The objective is to get as many drunk drivers off the roads as possible, so local
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Indictment Marks First Application of Unborn Victims Law

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A grand jury handed up an indictment this week under North Carolina’s Unborn Victims of Violence Act, or Ethen’s Law. The law went into effect on Dec. 1, 2011, and the indictment marks the first application of the new statute. The defendant, a 22-year-old man, is accused of murdering a coworker who was two months
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