Knightdale Murder Trial Proceeds with Taped Interrogation

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A jury sat in a Wake County courtroom earlier this week watching a videotaped interrogation. A Knightdale police officer and a North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agent were asking a suspect about his involvement in a January 2010 homicide. The suspect’s statements during that interrogation are the only evidence the prosecution has that he
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North Carolina Legislative Session Over, Crime Bills a Mixed Bag

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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue signed several bills into law earlier this month that the state’s criminal defense attorneys have been following. The new laws will change penalties, for the most part. One new crime also enters the books. One of the most important but, perhaps, least surprising laws brings North Carolina into line with
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2011 North Carolina Crime Stats: Murders Up, Other Crimes Down

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State officials reported statewide crime statistics for 2011 recently, and the numbers are a mixed bag. The crime rate reported for all offenses in North Carolina was the lowest it has been since 1977, but the murders rate rose by almost 6 percent during the same time period. While homicide may have been up, the rate
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Racial Justice Act in General Assembly’s Crosshairs – Again

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As predicted, the North Carolina House of Representatives is considering a proposal that would radically alter the Racial Justice Act. As we have discussed, the act allows inmates and defendants sentenced to death to use statistics to prove that their trials were tainted by racial bias. If the court is persuaded, the offender’s sentence is
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High-profile Criminal Cases, Different Roles for Defense Counsel

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It is hard to know which trial to follow: the John Edwards campaign finance trial or the trial of the troubled young man accused of killing a member of North Carolina’s state board of education? Both cases carry some heartache, and both have provided challenges for criminal defense attorneys who must be aggressive client advocates
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