High-profile Criminal Cases, Different Roles for Defense Counsel

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It is hard to know which trial to follow: the John Edwards campaign finance trial or the trial of the troubled young man accused of killing a member of North Carolina’s state board of education? Both cases carry some heartache, and both have provided challenges for criminal defense attorneys who must be aggressive client advocates
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History is on Hold: Court Blocks Enforcement of Cellphone Ban

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A state court judge has blocked enforcement of a Chapel Hill municipal ordinance prohibiting all use of cell phones by motorists while driving. Under the ordinance, cellphone use would have officially become a traffic violation on June 1. The law would have encompassed the use of both hand-held and hands-free cellphones and would have applied
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Forensic Evidence May Tell the Wrong Story, Accuse the Wrong Person (p2)

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We are talking about forensic evidence and just how reliable it is. In Raleigh and every other city in the country, just a tiny piece of forensic evidence can lead to or clear criminal charges. The term “forensic evidence” carries a good deal of weight, because it implies that the evidence is based on scientific
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Forensic Evidence May Tell the Wrong Story, Accuse the Wrong Person

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For all of the problems with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation crime lab, we have seen only a few comments about the accuracy of the lab’s work. We have talked about evidence withheld from defense counsel and reports altered to favor the prosecution; we have talked about a lack of oversight of lab
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Criminal Charges Settled, Vioxx Causes $321.6m Pain for Merck

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A federal court has sanctioned Merck & Co. Inc. with a $321.6 million fine for its improper off-label marketing of its drug Vioxx. This fine settles criminal charges and will be shared by the federal government and 44 states, including North Carolina. The pharmaceutical giant recently settled a civil case about Vioxx that resulted in sizeable
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