Supreme Court Says Strip Searches Outweigh Fourth Amendment Rights

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North Carolina’s defense attorneys and prosecutors alike were probably taken by surprise earlier this week when they learned the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that a detainee in a county jail may be subjected to a strip search regardless of the severity of the suspected criminal offense. The detainee in the case was arrested for
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Are Self-defense Laws a ‘license to Kill?’ North Carolina Isn’t Sure.

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The national media has been focusing its attention on the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin by a man who claimed self-defense. While many of the facts are disputed and the shooter has not yet been charged, much of the debate has surrounded “stand your ground” laws that may protect the shooter from criminal liability. State
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History is Made: Cellphone Ban Passed by Chapel Hill Town Council

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In our March 21 post, we discussed a cellphone ban proposed by the Chapel Hill Town Council. The council had scheduled a vote for March 26 after deadlocking. This past week, the council adopted the proposal: Handheld or hands-free use of a cellphone while driving will officially be a traffic violation in June. The penalty
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Illegal Here, Cyberbullying Appears on Other Legislatures’ Agendas

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National concern about cyberbullying has prompted state policymakers to follow North Carolina’s lead by drafting laws prohibiting the practice. So far, five states have proposed laws designed to prohibit electronic harassment. The regulations are designed to protect youngsters from the damaging consequences of cyberbullying. Several teen suicides have been linked to online harassment. North Carolina
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Cellphone Ban is Back on Chapel Hill Town Council Agenda

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The vote deadlocked last week, but the Chapel Hill Town Council expects the matter to be resolved at next Monday’s meeting. The question is whether the town should adopt a proposed ordinance to ban the use of cellphones — handheld or hands-free — while operating a motor vehicle. If the council approves the measure, talking
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