Supreme Court Says Warrants Needed To Search Cellphones

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The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision this week that will help to protect the rights of individuals who find themselves under arrest. With this ruling, law enforcement officers across the country — and that includes North Carolina — must obtain a warrant before conducting a search of the data stored on an arrestee’s
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North Carolina Bill Addresses Mugshots Posted In Newspapers

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Certain North Carolina legislators have inserted an amendment into an appropriations bill that would require retractions by newspapers concerning reports about individuals being arrested who later are acquitted of the offense. The newspaper would also be required to purge information regarding that individual’s arrest from the public archives. The policy behind such a requirement appears
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SBI Independence Addressed In, Of All Things, A Budget Bill

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The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation may move from the Department of Justice to the governor’s office. If you recall from past posts, one of the criticisms of the SBI — especially following the News & Observer’s report about the questionable practices in the crime lab’s handling of evidence — has been that it
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SBI Relives Its Unflattering Past As Former Agent Fights For Job P4

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We are returning to the story about the former North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation employee and his lawsuit alleging the SBI fired him without cause. Duane Deaver, a crime lab analyst, claimed that he was merely a scapegoat for the agency after the lab’s improper and questionable practices came to light. Deaver lost his
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Sbi Relives Its Unflattering Past As Former Agent Fights for Job P3

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We are continuing our discussion a lawsuit filed by a former analyst for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab. The analyst, Duane Deaver, was linked to a number of cases that independent reviewers found problems with. The SBI fired him, and he now claims he was a scapegoat; he wants his job
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