Da Will Seek Death Penalty in Taft Murder

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Prosecutors in Wake County revealed last week that they will seek the death penalty in their case against the 30-year-old man charged with killing North Carolina state school board member Kathy Taft. Taft was sexually assaulted and beaten to death in March. The formal charges are murder, first-degree rape and burglary. The death penalty decision
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Afraid of What They’ll Find? Sbi Reforms Stall (p. 2)

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In our last post, we were discussing the progress made by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to implement changes promised by leadership following an investigative news story and an audit last summer. It will come as no surprise to many criminal defense lawyers that progress has been minimal. SBI and crime lab
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Afraid of What They’ll Find? Sbi Reforms Stall

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The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab had followed policies and indulged in practices that a Raleigh newspaper and an independent auditor found were unethical, scientifically unsound, biased or all three. Leadership promised immediate action and swift change when the story broke last August. Defense lawyers were skeptical, and for good reason, it turns
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