Federal Drug Prosecutions Down from 2011, but No One Knows Why

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An independent research organization, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, reports that the first 10 months of 2012 showed a marked decline in the number of new federal drug crime prosecutions. The data goes through July 31, 2012; the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. According to TRAC, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration referred a total of 11,782
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North Carolina Passes Cyberbullying Law to Protect Teachers

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Bullying is a hot issue throughout the nation right now, and North Carolina has joined other states in passing anti-bullying measures. While many anti-bullying laws focus on protecting children and teens, a new North Carolina statute addresses school teachers being bullied by students. North Carolina recently passed a new cyberbullying law which makes it a
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Durham Murder Defendant Appoints New Attorney: Herself

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Last month, we posted about a Wake County court’s refusal to reduce the bail for a 34-year-old woman charged with killing her boyfriend. The defendant gained unfortunate notoriety in 2006 when she accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of rape. The defendant notified her attorney earlier this week that she wants to represent
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Facebook Pictures Tip off Homeowner to Teenagers’ Party

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If you remember the days before the Internet, you may remember that strangely special feeling you got when, for example, you saw your name and address in the phone book for the first time, or spotted your street or a neighborhood hangout on television. There was a little thrill that went with the recognition of
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Operation Swordfish Software Takes a Stab at Crime Prevention, P2

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We are continuing our discussion from our last post about a software program that researchers and developers hope will prevent property crimes. The idea is to identify the locations of burglaries and send officers to the victims’ homes within the first 24 hours. Research showed that burglary victims are often victimized a second time very
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