Wrongfully Convicted? Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?

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We wrote about Henry McCollum and Leon Brown in our Sept. 5 post. We didn’t refer to them by name, but the post is unmistakably about them. The two were convicted of murder more than 30 years ago, but McCollum’s petition to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission resulted in a fresh look at the
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NC Voters Approve Defendant Felon’s Right To Waive Jury Trial

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North Carolina’s constitution will change on Dec. 1, 2014, thanks to a referendum vote on Tuesday. The measure passed by a narrow margin (53 percent), perhaps because the lack of media coverage and some wrangling within the legal community. The amendment allows a defendant charged with a felony to waive his or her right to
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Think You Can Refuse A Blood Test After A DWI Crash? Think Again

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A Raleigh woman has learned the hard way that her own tragedy will not shield her from criminal charges. The 49-year-old was in a car accident a few weeks ago that left her seriously injured. Her 12-year-old son died in the crash. According to police reports, the woman was speeding and driving erratically at around
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