Authorities are once again chiding the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab for rushing to judgment. This time, however, the situation involves a very unusual suspect. The State Human Resources Commission has overturned the SBI’s decision to fire the blood stain analyst that was such a prominent figure in the 2010 crime lab
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A man died over the weekend. He was beaten and burned in a hotel room in Greensboro just a few days earlier, and he finally succumbed to his injuries at a Winston-Salem hospital. He was 46 years old. Police have charged a 26-year-old man with first-degree murder. Before the victim died, the charge was aggravated
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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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After you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you may be required to show up for one or several court appearances. It is vitally important that you show up, on-time, each and every time a court summons your presence. If you fail to appear in court, you may face penalties worse than you
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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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