Knightdale Murder Trial Proceeds with Taped Interrogation

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A jury sat in a Wake County courtroom earlier this week watching a videotaped interrogation. A Knightdale police officer and a North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agent were asking a suspect about his involvement in a January 2010 homicide. The suspect’s statements during that interrogation are the only evidence the prosecution has that he
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Council Member’s Recent Dwis Are Cause for Concern for Mayor

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The mayor of Knightdale, North Carolina, asked a 60-year-old town council member to resign last week. This occurred after the councilman was arrested for the second time recently on driving while intoxicated charges; it was his third arrest in four months. Within hours of the most recent arrest, the council member was admitted to the
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Racial Justice Act Amended – or Gutted – over Governor’s Veto

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Efforts to keep the Racial Justice Act intact failed this year. Just two days after Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed SB 416, the senate and the house voted to override her veto. The amendments are now law, and the battle against racial prejudice in North Carolina’s justice system shifts gears; RJA supporters are now on the
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North Carolina Legislative Session Over, Crime Bills a Mixed Bag

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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue signed several bills into law earlier this month that the state’s criminal defense attorneys have been following. The new laws will change penalties, for the most part. One new crime also enters the books. One of the most important but, perhaps, least surprising laws brings North Carolina into line with
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Operation Swift Justice Scoops Up 157 Suspects in Cumberland Cty

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A sweeping dragnet by the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina together with local police resulted in a total of 152 arrests July 17-19. The officers were armed with 202 warrants, and the arrests were for offenses ranging from robbery to drug and firearms offenses, as well as violation of probation. The
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