Sbi Analyst, You’re No Abby Sciuto (part 2)

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The investigative report in a Raleigh newspaper last week caught the attention of criminal defense attorneys across North Carolina. The series highlighted some critical shortcomings — and sparked some changes — at the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) crime lab. Fans of the television show “NCIS” know that crack forensic scientist Abby Sciuto has credentials as impressive
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Csi: Nc Sbi — is State’s Crime Lab Anti-defendant? (part 1)

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In an investigative series published this week, a Raleigh newspaper has detailed some disturbing practices at the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). The findings are no surprise to many North Carolina criminal defense attorneys or their clients. They have known for some time that the SBI crime lab is on the prosecutor’s team and, as such, isn’t quite
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Deadline is Here to File Under Racial Justice Act

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Tuesday, August 10 was the last day for inmates to appeal their death sentences under North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act (RJA). The law allows murder defendants to present evidence demonstrating that racial bias played a role in their conviction or denial of their appeals. The deadline comes on the heels of the release of two studies that highlighted the racial disparities
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Gold Theft and Pawning Increases in the Recession

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Where there is a will, there is a way. In the down economy, people are turning to sell whatever they don’t need for some extra cash. A lot of times, that happens to be gold. An entire industry of businesses have been started to serve the nationwide cash-for-gold market, further incentivizing people to steal jewelry for
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Traffic Stop Reveals Marijuana Possession, Prosecution Deferred

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A judge has dropped misdemeanor marijuana possession charges against All-ACC football player Quan Sturdivant after he agreed last week to deferred prosecution in Stanley County district court. Assistant District Attorney John Phillips said Friday the Tar Heel linebacker’s record will be cleared by completing 24 hours of community service, undergoing a substance abuse assessment, and
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