First Degree Murder Charge Against North Carolina Teacher Dropped

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A former North Carolina teacher has not yet decided whether she’ll return to teaching after resigning earlier this year. She gave up the job, which she’d performed so well that she was named her school’s 2012-13 Teacher of the Year, because she was charged with murder. Everything changed for the woman on Feb. 10, when
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Murder Charge Related to Long-ago Assault Dropped

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Another North Carolina man’s fate is turning on the complex application of the state’s changing laws. The situation arises from an assault for which the man was convicted approximately 22 years ago. Unfortunately, the victim’s death many years later was related to the assault. Current North Carolina law places no time limit on when a
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North Carolina Man, Wrongly Convicted, Is Free After 20 Years

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Today we bring you another story of a North Carolina man held in prison too long, but for a different reason. Amazingly, after 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, the man says that he does not hold grudges. He has chosen a positive path, including regarding his situation with forgiveness
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North Carolina Prisoner Argues He Should Have Been Free Years Ago

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North Carolina’s sentencing laws became significantly stricter in 1994. Before then, people convicted of serious crimes such as murder could lower their sentences with good behavior. Life sentences could last no longer than 80 years, and then some prison sentences were reduced by 50 percent. All this bears on the sentence for a man who
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House Committee Advances Bill to Repeal Racial Justice Act

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The North Carolina House of Representatives is just one vote away from repealing the Racial Justice Act. A subcommittee approved the bill just after Memorial Day, sending it to the House floor for a final vote. Chances are slim that the bill will not pass, and Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to sign it. The
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