Eyewitness Identification Decision May Challenge Law Enforcement, P2

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We are continuing our discussion of a recent court ruling, in another state, regarding eyewitness identifications. The defendant in the case was convicted of reckless manslaughter, aggravated assault and weapons possession charges, even though the eyewitness told the court that a detective had “nudged” him to identify the defendant. Court decisions from outside of North
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Eyewitness Identification Decision May Challenge Law Enforcement

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While North Carolina sits out Hurricane Irene, we will turn our attention to the problems with eyewitness identification. Anyone who watches television is familiar with the scenario: The victim’s neighbor is on the stand. The prosecutor asks if she saw the man who assaulted the victim. She points at the defendant and cries, “Yes! That’s
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Judge Oks Use of Wife’s Medical Records in Nursing Home Trial

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A key witness was unable to testify last week at the trial of the man who shot ten people in a North Carolina nursing home. The witness is the defendant’s ex-wife, whom many believe was his primary target. She was hospitalized last week after attempting suicide the day before the murder trial began. The judge
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North Carolina Attorney General Responds to State Crime Lab Story

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A story from last Sunday’s Charlotte Observer sharply criticized the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) for failing to enact reforms promised by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. In response to this and other criticism, Attorney General Cooper removed the head of the SBI and promised to appoint new leadership in the form
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Fbi Has Another Lead in Notorious 1971 Crime

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Anyone who remembers the early 1970s will remember the epidemic of skyjackings. For a while, there were about 40 a year worldwide. Perhaps criminal defense attorneys look back with rose-colored glasses, or perhaps September 11 has made the skyjackers back then look less dangerous. No one slammed passenger jets into office towers. One skyjacker passed
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