Jurors and Tv-style Forensic Evidence, Continued

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In our last post, we were talking about the “CSI Effect.” Prosecutors in North Carolina and around the country have complained for a while now that American jurors are so swept up in the high-tech world of television forensics that they expect real-life murder investigations to be just as flashy and complex. Without the fancy
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Jurors Are Demanding Tv-style Forensic Evidence – or Are They?

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Debates about forensic evidence are not new in North Carolina. For a while last year, it seemed you couldn’t pick up a paper without seeing a story about the problems at the state crime lab and the State Bureau of Investigation. A major concern for defense attorneys was the cozy relationship between the forensic scientists
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Laura’s Law Would Be Tough on Repeat Dwis

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Laura was killed last July when a drunk driver slammed into the car carrying the 17-year-old and two friends. The driver had three DWI convictions already. The accident sparked a good deal of discussion about North Carolina’s continuous alcohol monitoring system, or “ankle bracelet,” law. Under current law, a court cannot order an offender to
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General Assembly Considers Cell Phone Ban for Drivers

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Bills are making their way through the North Carolina General Assembly that could make it a crime to use a handheld mobile phone while driving. The bill specifically excludes hands-free phone use but does encompass texting and smart phone web access. Penalties include fines and misdemeanor charges. The law would replace the existing statute that
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Carjacking Results in Massive Marijuana Seizure

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In a bizarre case of a carjacking leading to serious drug charges for the carjacking victims, 170 pounds of marijuana were seized from a vehicle on its way from Utah to North Carolina. The carjacking and marijuana seizure occurred in Wyoming. One of the carjackers and both of the carjacking victims are currently in police
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