Prosecutors: if at First We Don’t Convict, We’ll Try, Try Again

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently that investigators improperly obtained data from a GPS device that tracked the comings and goings of a suspect. The prosecutors may not be able to use that data, but they are determined to mount a third trial against the defendant. He was arrested in 2005 on drug charges and
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Student Crime in North Carolina on the Rise

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released data this past week indicating that student crime is on the rise statewide, generally from the use of alcohol and drugs while on a public campus. According to law enforcement officers, students are more likely to bring prescription pills into the classroom, whether stolen from their parents’
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Prosecutors Want Changes to Innocence Inquiry Commission

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The North Carolina General Assembly will once again grapple with issues surrounding the Innocence Inquiry Commission when the session starts in May. Prosecutors told a House judiciary subcommittee last week that they wanted concessions beyond what they agreed to in 2011. Proponents of the commission and criminal defense attorneys were surprised to hear that prosecutors
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North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act Put to Its First Test

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The Racial Justice Act, saved from repeal by Gov. Bev Perdue last December, faces its first real-life test this week. The law allows death row inmates to use statistics to prove that racial bias was a significant factor at trial, in sentencing or in denial of an appeal. If the petitioner succeeds, the sentence is
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Minority: Court’s Gps Decision Doesn’t Tackle the Tough Issues

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision this week regarding GPS tracking of a criminal suspect, just one of the many criminal cases before the Court this term. The ruling upheld the lower court opinions that police need a search warrant before they can use a GPS device to track the movements of a
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