House Committee Advances Bill to Repeal Racial Justice Act

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The North Carolina House of Representatives is just one vote away from repealing the Racial Justice Act. A subcommittee approved the bill just after Memorial Day, sending it to the House floor for a final vote. Chances are slim that the bill will not pass, and Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to sign it. The
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Dwi Charges Dismissed, Accused Wants Police Investigated, Cont.

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We are continuing the discussion from our last post. A man — a former North Carolina legislator — was arrested in December 2011 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The incident began as what could have been a routine traffic stop. The driver’s tabs were expired. When the officer ran the driver’s license, he discovered,
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DWI Charges Dismissed, Accused Wants Police Investigated

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A former state lawmaker is planning to ask federal and state authorities to investigate law enforcement regarding his experience with a traffic stop. The one-time legislator was pulled over in December 2011 by an officer from the Concord Police Department. Concord is in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. The incident in question
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Memorial Day ‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign Kicks off Nationwide

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Sunday, May 20, marks the beginning of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s annual Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign. For one week on either side of Memorial Day, law enforcement will be on high alert for seat belt violations. In North Carolina, everyone age 16 and older must wear a seat belt. That
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Medical Examiners’ Mistakes at Center of Lawsuit, P. 4

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We are still talking about North Carolina’s medical examiners. Testimony given at a recent hearing held by the North Carolina Industrial Commission highlights some of the shortcomings of the current system, and lawmakers are wondering if the state should consider a more sophisticated approach. The current system, revolving around state-appointed county medical examiners, may have
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