Controversial Unborn Victims Act Sent to Governor

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The North Carolina General Assembly recently delivered a bill to the governor’s office. If she signs the bill into law, the penalties for causing the death or injury of a fetus will change dramatically. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, or Ethen’s Law, would allow a charge of murder, voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, assault or
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No Murder Conviction for Doctor in Fatal Crash

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The trial of the former doctor we discussed in our February 24th post ended Wednesday when the judge sentenced the man to three years in prison. The jury did not buy the prosecution’s argument that the man had committed second-degree murder. Instead, they convicted him of involuntary manslaughter, felony death by motor vehicle and driving
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Defense Subpoenas for Evidence Quashed

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The trial of a Cary man accused of a notorious murder began in a Wake County courtroom yesterday. Before settling in to jury selection, the judge quashed, or annulled, the defense team’s subpoenas for information they say must be disclosed by the prosecution. North Carolina requires law enforcement evidence to be shared with defense before
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Prosecution Must Show Malice in Doctor’s Trial

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The Wake County trial of a doctor involved in a fatal crash has grabbed local headlines. The charges of driving while impaired and second-degree murder are based on police allegations that the defendant’s blood alcohol content was nearly twice the 0.08 limit and that he had been driving at nearly twice the posted speed. The
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It’s Business, Not Personal – Fbi Takes Down Organized Crime

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that 800 federal agents and police officers have arrested more than one hundred organized crime associates. It’s the largest Mafia crackdowns in FBI history, the agency said. The charges include murder, racketeering, extortion, loan-sharking, money laundering, gambling and other activities associated with organized crime. Among the 127
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