Federal Courts Begin to Act on Wrongful Conviction Cases

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Last summer, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals changed the way the North Carolina justice system defines “felon.” After months of reviewing files for convictions that ran afoul of the new definition, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation have a victory to their credit: Earlier this week,
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Buddy, Can You Spare a Jackson? Prisoners Phone Home at a Price

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Even prisoners need a chance to call home, but thanks to jail officials’ heartless decisions, few of these prisoners may have had the opportunity to speak to their mothers on Mother’s Day this year. Inmates in North Carolina, whether jailed for misdemeanors or felonies, say that they are victims of price gouging. Phone carriers charge more
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Raleigh Police Arrest 1 of 3 Suspects in Armed Robberies

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A 22-year-old Raleigh man was taken to the Wake County jail today, charged in connection with a string of armed robberies in the area. Police believe he participated in more than six robberies over a two week period. According to police records, the charges against him include five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon,
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State Patrol Says Trucker Was Going 65 Mph at Time of Fiery Crash

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Earlier this week, the North Carolina State Patrol issued its final accident report on the June 20, 2011 crash on Interstate 40. The accident left three dead and the driver of the tractor trailer that started the chain reaction facing multiple criminal charges. One look at the picture of the big rig after the crash
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Part 2

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The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission was created in 2006 as an adjunct to the state’s justice system. The commission investigates and evaluates post-conviction claims of factual innocence for felons convicted of any criminal offense. Claimants must prove the felon’s complete innocence with new factual evidence. In our last post, we reviewed the current law,
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