Racial Justice Act: Inmate Gets Life After 18 Yrs on Death Row

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North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act has done for one inmate just what it was designed to do: A 38-year-old African American inmate is no longer sentenced to death. Because a judge ruled that racial bias played a role in the trial and sentencing of the man, his sentence has been reduced to life in prison
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Critics Say Checkpoints Are More About Revenue Than Safety

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Summer in North Carolina has come to mean sobriety and safety checkpoints — on land and on water. This year, a group of state law enforcement agencies and anti-drunk driving activists have teamed up to sponsor “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive.” The campaign involves checkpoints and more patrols in heavy
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You’re Free to Go – for the Price of a Kidney

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In an unusual deal, two sisters will be released from prison after serving just 16 years of their life sentences. The two had been convicted for their part in a 1994 armed robbery that netted $11. Jamie and Gladys Scott’s case has been the subject of debate for years. Supporters have said the sentences were too
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