Durham Murder Defendant Appoints New Attorney: Herself

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Last month, we posted about a Wake County court’s refusal to reduce the bail for a 34-year-old woman charged with killing her boyfriend. The defendant gained unfortunate notoriety in 2006 when she accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of rape. The defendant notified her attorney earlier this week that she wants to represent
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Supreme Court Nixes Mandatory Life Without Parole for Teens, P. 2

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With the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 term concluded, legal analysts and court watchers have a lot of complicated opinions to hash out. The Health Care Act opinion may have stolen the thunder of every other opinion handed down this week, but one ruling deserves the attention of anyone involved with the criminal justice system. Two
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Supreme Court Nixes Mandatory Life Without Parole for Teens

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In its last week of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that could have a significant impact on the lives of some North Carolina offenders. The court ruled that a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole is unconstitutional for a teen convicted of homicide. Writing for the
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Authorities Investigate a Homicide Case in Raleigh

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In North Carolina, manslaughter is considered a killing without malicious intent. This means that in order to be convicted of murder or homicide, one must have killed someone intentionally. Therefore, when investigators are presented with a killing, they must help authorities determine what type of homicide occurred. Last Wednesday night, police say a local man
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Student Crime in North Carolina on the Rise

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released data this past week indicating that student crime is on the rise statewide, generally from the use of alcohol and drugs while on a public campus. According to law enforcement officers, students are more likely to bring prescription pills into the classroom, whether stolen from their parents’
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