Report: Changes to Drug Sentencing Guidelines Have Been Successful

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As we discussed in a previous post, sentencing for federal drug crimes is serious and strict. Oftentimes, people convicted of drug crimes — whether it is for drug possession, distribution or trafficking — spend years in federal prison. Certain types of drugs are also treated more harshly than others under federal law, including crack cocaine.
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Bill Would Add Up to 6 Years to Sentences for Meth Crimes P2

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We are continuing our discussion of House Bill 29, currently under consideration by the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill would change methamphetamine crimes and sentencing in two ways. First, it would put a new crime on the books, a Class H felony for manufacturing meth if the offender has a prior conviction for a meth
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Bill Would Add Up to 6 Years to Sentences for Meth Crimes

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The North Carolina General Assembly is considering a bill right now that will add a new drug crime and increase sentences for existing drug crimes under certain circumstances. House Bill 29, which relates specifically to methamphetamine, has cleared the House and is awaiting debate by the Senate Judiciary Committee. If the law passes, it will
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Federal Courts Begin to Act on Wrongful Conviction Cases

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Last summer, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals changed the way the North Carolina justice system defines “felon.” After months of reviewing files for convictions that ran afoul of the new definition, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation have a victory to their credit: Earlier this week,
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Guilty of First-degree Murder, Defendant May Face Death Penalty

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Following more than two weeks of often grisly and occasionally shocking testimony, the trial of the 32-year-old man accused of killing a woman best known as a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education entered its last phase. The jury announced late Friday afternoon that they found the defendant guilty of first-degree murder, rape
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