Buddy, Can You Spare a Jackson? Prisoners Phone Home at a Price

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Even prisoners need a chance to call home, but thanks to jail officials’ heartless decisions, few of these prisoners may have had the opportunity to speak to their mothers on Mother’s Day this year. Inmates in North Carolina, whether jailed for misdemeanors or felonies, say that they are victims of price gouging. Phone carriers charge more
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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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