Student Crime in North Carolina on the Rise

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released data this past week indicating that student crime is on the rise statewide, generally from the use of alcohol and drugs while on a public campus. According to law enforcement officers, students are more likely to bring prescription pills into the classroom, whether stolen from their parents’
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Charlotte City Council Gives Police More Stop and Search Power

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North Carolina will host the Democratic National Convention in September, and the Charlotte City Council does not want to leave anything to chance. Earlier this week, the council approved amendments to ordinances that give police greater power and restrict demonstrations in some public areas. The council anticipates large protests during the convention and wants to
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, Concl.

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In North Carolina, it is a crime to strike an emergency room nurse or doctor. Depending on the harm inflicted, an offender can be charged with misdemeanor or felony assault. While it makes sense to arrest someone who intentionally attacks a nurse for criminal purposes, the law is less clear-cut when we think about the person
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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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