Death Penalty Report: The Only Change, Really, Is In The Numbers

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The Death Penalty Information Center recently published its annual report on executions in the U.S. The statistics are telling — as is the reporting about the statistics — and timely. We found it dovetailed nicely with another story. More on that in a bit. Nationwide, DPIC says, there were 35 executions in 2014. Not only
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NC’s New Criminal Laws P4: Concealed Guns, Inmates And Cellphones

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We are wrapping up our discussion of changes to North Carolina’s criminal code that took effect on Dec. 1. The list looks a little haphazard — there is a trivia game in there somewhere: What do BB guns, Venus flytraps, inmates and cellphones have in common? Not much. A few of them, however, show that
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Feed Me, Seymour: NC’s New Criminal Laws P3

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We are continuing our discussion of laws that went into effect on Dec. 1, and we thought it was time to look at the new law protecting the Venus flytrap. The North Carolina General Assembly, on the recommendation of conservation groups, has increased the penalty for Venus flytrap poaching. The crime had been a misdemeanor.
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NC’s New Criminal Laws – From BB Guns To Venus Flytraps P2

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It seemed strange to be reading about the state’s law about BB guns so close to the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. But here we are anyway. The North Carolina General Assembly’s revised BB gun law went into effect on Dec. 1. Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter,  stole the semi-automatic rifle he
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NC’s New Criminal Laws Cover Topics From BB Guns To Venus Flytraps

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A handful of laws went into effect on Dec. 1 that will change how North Carolina’s criminal justice system handles some offenses and some offenders. We discussed perhaps the most far-reaching change in our Nov. 6 post, NC Voters approve defendant felon’s right to waive jury trial. Only time will tell if bench trials are
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