What Not to Purge: Evidence That Could Clear Someone’s Name

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The justice system in North Carolina has not been able to keep up with technology. Budget and staff cuts have made it harder if not impossible to preserve evidence from decided criminal cases. Legislative committees have had more pressing issues to deal with, like fixing the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab. Whatever the reason,
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Attorneys Seek New Trial for Man Convicted of 1970 Murders

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The 1970 case of Jeffrey MacDonald and the murders of his family garnered national attention, perhaps because they came close on the heels of the Manson Family murders. MacDonald, an Army doctor stationed in North Carolina, is serving three life sentences right now for the murders of his wife and his two daughters. He has
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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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Judge Oks Use of Wife’s Medical Records in Nursing Home Trial

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A key witness was unable to testify last week at the trial of the man who shot ten people in a North Carolina nursing home. The witness is the defendant’s ex-wife, whom many believe was his primary target. She was hospitalized last week after attempting suicide the day before the murder trial began. The judge
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