Bill Would Take Death Penalty off Table for Mentally Disabled

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Another criminal sentencing bill is making its way through the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill focuses on individuals with severe mental disabilities who plead guilty to or are convicted of first-degree murder. Having passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, the measure, House Bill 659, moved to a Senate committee earlier this week
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Concl.

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This is the last post in our series about the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. The state agency was established to help felons prove their factual innocence. The association representing the state’s district attorneys has lobbied for changes to the way the commission operates. The proposed changes, now before the General Assembly, would move the
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Part 5

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We are close to wrapping up a series about the North Carolina Innocence Commission. The agency came to our attention because of a bill pending in the General Assembly that would limit its powers — and, some say, its effectiveness. The parties supporting the changes believe the commission should not be used to handle cases
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives and Under Fire

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The North Carolina House of Representatives hasn’t moved on the bill since early April, but there it sits in committee, future uncertain. Supported by the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, the bill would limit the powers of the state’s Innocence Inquiry Commission in a few significant ways. For anyone in the position of one
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Controversial Unborn Victims Act Sent to Governor

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The North Carolina General Assembly recently delivered a bill to the governor’s office. If she signs the bill into law, the penalties for causing the death or injury of a fetus will change dramatically. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, or Ethen’s Law, would allow a charge of murder, voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, assault or
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