State Patrol Says Trucker Was Going 65 Mph at Time of Fiery Crash

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Earlier this week, the North Carolina State Patrol issued its final accident report on the June 20, 2011 crash on Interstate 40. The accident left three dead and the driver of the tractor trailer that started the chain reaction facing multiple criminal charges. One look at the picture of the big rig after the crash
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16- and 17-year-old Nonviolent Felons Eligible for Expungements, P 2

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We were talking about a new law in North Carolina that will allow 16- and 17-year-olds to ask the courts to have their criminal records expunged. The crimes in question must be nonviolent felonies. Violent crimes will stay on their records. The new law only applies to teens who are convicted and who have no
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16- and 17-year-old Nonviolent Felons Eligible for Expungements

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Governor Perdue recently signed a bill into law that will allow North Carolina’s courts to expunge the records of 16- and 17-year-olds charged with or convicted of nonviolent felonies. An expungement erases a criminal charge or conviction from the record, essentially wiping the slate clean as far as the public, the courts and law enforcement
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Part 2

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The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission was created in 2006 as an adjunct to the state’s justice system. The commission investigates and evaluates post-conviction claims of factual innocence for felons convicted of any criminal offense. Claimants must prove the felon’s complete innocence with new factual evidence. In our last post, we reviewed the current law,
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives and Under Fire

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The North Carolina House of Representatives hasn’t moved on the bill since early April, but there it sits in committee, future uncertain. Supported by the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, the bill would limit the powers of the state’s Innocence Inquiry Commission in a few significant ways. For anyone in the position of one
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