High Court Considers Reasonable Search Question in Drug Case

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Supreme Court justices in North Carolina are reviewing arguments in the case of a teenager whose bra was searched at school. The young woman, who was suspected of drug crimes, was taken into a room, asked to untuck her shirt, and made to show school officials her bra straps during a physical search. School leaders
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X-ray Was ‘reasonable’ Way to Execute Search Warrant, P. 2

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We were talking about a recent decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. The case does not involve North Carolina directly, but the issue — the constitutionality of using an X-ray for a cavity search — is important to criminal defendants across the country. The appellant in this case is
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X-ray Was ‘reasonable’ Way to Execute Search Warrant, P. 1

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A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled recently that a nonconsensual X-ray of a suspect’s abdomen did not violate his constitutional rights. The case was heard in the 1st Circuit, which does not include North Carolina. However, federal appeals courts often cite cases from other jurisdictions as persuasive, rather than binding, law. And, when it comes
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New Crack Guidelines Mean Early Release for North Carolina Prisoners

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission recently announced the retroactive application of guidelines adopted in the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. The unanimous decision could result in reduced sentences for as many as 12,000 offenders in prison on crack cocaine charges. Congress passed the 2010 law in an effort to equalize the sentencing for crack and powder cocaine
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1 Smurf + 2-liter Bottle = One-pot Meth Lab

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North Carolina logged a record-matching number of methamphetamine lab busts last month. February’s 46 labs matched the April 2005 peak. One key difference: In 2005, North Carolina had no law limiting sales of pseudoephedrine. We’ve reached the height of heights again even with the key ingredient moved behind the pharmacy counter. Why? Meth labs are
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