No Manslaughter Conviction for Driver in 2011 Fatal Bus Crash

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In March 2011, the nation was riveted as the story of a horrific tour bus accident unfolded. The passengers were returning from an all-night gambling outing when the driver apparently dozed off at the wheel. The bus swerved, hit the guardrail, toppled onto its side and hit a sign pole. The bus was going fast
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Are Self-defense Laws a ‘license to Kill?’ North Carolina Isn’t Sure.

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The national media has been focusing its attention on the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin by a man who claimed self-defense. While many of the facts are disputed and the shooter has not yet been charged, much of the debate has surrounded “stand your ground” laws that may protect the shooter from criminal liability. State
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Mom Shoots Intruder and Sparks More ‘castle Doctrine’ Debate

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The Internet has been awash with stories this week about the woman who shot and killed a man who broke into her mobile home. What makes the story unusual is that the woman, huddled in her bedroom with her baby, first called 911 to see if shooting the intruder would be okay. The dispatcher told
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Tour Bus Driver Won’t Face Traffic Charges

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The driver of a tour bus involved in a fatal accident in May will not face all of the charges originally filed against him. The four involuntary manslaughter counts will remain, but the prosecution has dropped the misdemeanor reckless driving charge. The bus, operated by a North Carolina discount bus company, was heading north on
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Eyewitness Identification Decision May Challenge Law Enforcement, P2

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We are continuing our discussion of a recent court ruling, in another state, regarding eyewitness identifications. The defendant in the case was convicted of reckless manslaughter, aggravated assault and weapons possession charges, even though the eyewitness told the court that a detective had “nudged” him to identify the defendant. Court decisions from outside of North
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