Court Waited While Defendant’s Competency Evaluated

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Jury selection was complete and opening statements were ready in a Fayetteville courtroom this week when the proceedings came to a temporary standstill. The judge ordered that the mental state of the defendant be evaluated by professionals before the trial got underway. The 32-year-old defendant is accused of assaulting and killing a 5-year-old girl four
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Wake County Couple’s Trial Split As Role of Wife is Questioned

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A Wake County Superior Court judge ruled this week that a husband and wife charged with murder will have separate trials. Both attorneys and the district attorney’s office had initially agreed to one trial for both defendants. In early April, though, the wife’s defense attorney moved to sever the trials, claiming that his client was
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Blood Alcohol Tests Require Search Warrants – Maybe (p. 2)

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We are continuing our discussion of the United States Supreme Court opinion in a drunk driving case. The question for the court was whether the police could obtain a blood sample from a suspect even if the suspect has not consented to the test. The court’s answer was a resounding, “Probably not. Not every time.
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Blood Alcohol Tests Require Search Warrants – Most of the Time

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The United States Supreme Court ruled this week on a case that could change the way state and local police handle suspected drunk drivers. The case is not from North Carolina, but a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court must be followed in all states — usually. At times, the court’s decision is so fact-specific
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