Public Defenders Commit To Ending Racial Bias In the Justice System

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A group of North Carolina public defenders rallied in Charlotte just a couple of days shy of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. What brought them together was a common belief that the criminal justice system across the country is plagued by racial bias, discrimination and inequality. The first speaker called on Dr. King’s
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Supreme Court Case Absolves Officers Of Reasonable Mistakes Of Law

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Our readers are, or at least should be, aware that officers don’t have free reign to investigate criminal activity. In fact, officers must always have some legally justifiable basis to stop and question a suspect, to stop a vehicle, to conduct a search, or to make an arrest. One common standard to which officers are
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Your Home Is Your Castle, Unless You’re A Registered Sex Offender P2

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We are talking about the North Carolina law that prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a public or private school or day care center. The law went into effect in 2006 and grandfathered in any registered sex offenders that had established residences within the proscribed area before that date. A local
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Your Home Is Your Castle, Unless You’re A Registered Sex Offender

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WNCN News published an article on its website in October about registered sex offenders and a “loophole” in state law. Registered sex offenders, the station reported, are allowed to live as close to a school or daycare center as they want if they lived there before Aug. 16, 2006. The magic date is the day
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Death Penalty: If This Train Is Moving, Why Isn’t The Scenery Changing?

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We are still pondering the Death Penalty Information Center’s 2014 year-end report. The organization found that the number of executions and death sentences decreased nationwide last year to levels the country hasn’t seen in decades. And, the numbers have been declining steadily over the past several years. For opponents of capital punishment, this is clearly
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