Criminal Charges Settled, Vioxx Causes $321.6m Pain for Merck

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A federal court has sanctioned Merck & Co. Inc. with a $321.6 million fine for its improper off-label marketing of its drug Vioxx. This fine settles criminal charges and will be shared by the federal government and 44 states, including North Carolina. The pharmaceutical giant recently settled a civil case about Vioxx that resulted in sizeable
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North Carolina Men Found Innocent After 10 Years in Prison

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In the shadow of an execution that became an international cause, a three-judge panel in North Carolina found two inmates innocent of a crime they had been imprisoned for 10 years ago. They had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2000 but maintained their innocence as they served their sentences. The judges heard the case
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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, Under Fire, Part 4

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We are continuing our series about the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. So far, we have covered current law and proposed legislation, as well as part of one man’s struggle to prove his innocence. Critics of the commission say the agency is supposed to handle special cases, rather than cases that “have fallen through the
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Innocence Commission: Saving Lives, Under Fire, Part 3

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We’ve been talking about the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission and proposed legislation that would change how the commission operates. The bill’s supporters claim the changes are needed because the commission wasn’t designed to pick up cases that “fall through the cracks.” One man who pleaded guilty to murder 10 years ago would disagree. The
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