Prosecutors Want Changes to Innocence Inquiry Commission

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The North Carolina General Assembly will once again grapple with issues surrounding the Innocence Inquiry Commission when the session starts in May. Prosecutors told a House judiciary subcommittee last week that they wanted concessions beyond what they agreed to in 2011. Proponents of the commission and criminal defense attorneys were surprised to hear that prosecutors
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Jails Will Take More of State’s Misdemeanor Offenders in 2012

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Beginning in January, North Carolina offenders sentenced to six months or less will serve their time in county jails rather than the state’s prisons. Offenders sentenced to 90 days or less will still serve their time in county jails, but those convicted of more serious misdemeanors like assault will no longer automatically go to minimum-custody
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Racial Bias Law and Controversy Around It Survive Repeal Effort

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With a stroke of her pen this morning, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue preserved the state’s Racial Justice Law — for the moment. The governor’s veto of Senate Bill 9 allows the petitions of 154 death row inmates to proceed. The bill would have significantly changed the law by eliminating the admissibility of statistical evidence
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In North Carolina, Criminal Matters Dominate List of New Laws P3

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We are continuing a brief rundown of new laws that went into effect on Dec. 1. As we mentioned in our last two posts, the laws cover a lot of ground. North Carolina now has stiffer penalties for DWI repeat offenders and allows the court to expunge the criminal records of some offenders under age
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In North Carolina, Criminal Matters Dominate List of New Laws

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Criminal defense lawyers in North Carolina took special note of a host of new laws that went into effect on Dec. 1. Most of the laws add new crimes to the books — the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, for example, and Laura’s Law. Still, two add protections for defendants and nonviolent offenders under age
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