Misty, Water-colored Memories of the Way We Remember We Were

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North Carolina’s criminal justice system may find the results of a new study daunting: The researchers found some interesting and surprisingly consistent patterns in the way people remember things. And, as both defense attorneys and prosecutors know, nothing will undermine a witness’s or suspect’s credibility faster than a change in his story. The study shows,
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Prisoners Stage Hunger Strike for Better, Safer Medical Care

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Officials at Central Prison in Raleigh confirmed this week that nine prisoners have been refusing meals. One prisoner, apparently the spokesman for the hunger strike, indicated in a letter that as many as 100 inmates planned to participate. A representative from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said that prison staff would be monitoring
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Pretrial Release Program Cuts Could Help Few and Harm Many

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As the General Assembly hands the Racial Justice Act bill over to the governor, the North Carolina House could be debating another bill that would radically change the state’s pretrial release programs. The bill’s sponsors claim the programs are unnecessary; its opponents claim the programs provide vital services not just to people facing criminal charges
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High-profile Criminal Cases, Different Roles for Defense Counsel

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It is hard to know which trial to follow: the John Edwards campaign finance trial or the trial of the troubled young man accused of killing a member of North Carolina’s state board of education? Both cases carry some heartache, and both have provided challenges for criminal defense attorneys who must be aggressive client advocates
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Forensic Evidence May Tell the Wrong Story, Accuse the Wrong Person (p2)

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We are talking about forensic evidence and just how reliable it is. In Raleigh and every other city in the country, just a tiny piece of forensic evidence can lead to or clear criminal charges. The term “forensic evidence” carries a good deal of weight, because it implies that the evidence is based on scientific
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