NC’s New Criminal Laws Cover Topics From BB Guns To Venus Flytraps

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A handful of laws went into effect on Dec. 1 that will change how North Carolina’s criminal justice system handles some offenses and some offenders. We discussed perhaps the most far-reaching change in our Nov. 6 post, NC Voters approve defendant felon’s right to waive jury trial. Only time will tell if bench trials are
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Most Defendants Can Now Waive Jury Trial In North Carolina

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A new law went into effect in North Carolina at the beginning of the month that allows defendants to waive their right to a trial by jury and instead choose to have their case tried by a judge. Historically, the state Constitutional has afforded all criminal defendants in felony cases the state the right to
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SBI Update: Be Careful What You Wish For; You Will Surely Get It

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Authorities are once again chiding the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab for rushing to judgment. This time, however, the situation involves a very unusual suspect. The State Human Resources Commission has overturned the SBI’s decision to fire the blood stain analyst that was such a prominent figure in the 2010 crime lab
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Wrongfully Convicted? Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?

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We wrote about Henry McCollum and Leon Brown in our Sept. 5 post. We didn’t refer to them by name, but the post is unmistakably about them. The two were convicted of murder more than 30 years ago, but McCollum’s petition to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission resulted in a fresh look at the
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