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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Prosecutors: if at First We Don’t Convict, We’ll Try, Try Again

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently that investigators improperly obtained data from a GPS device that tracked the comings and goings of a suspect. The prosecutors may not be able to use that data, but they are determined to mount a third trial against the defendant. He was arrested in 2005 on drug charges and
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High Court Considers Reasonable Search Question in Drug Case

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Supreme Court justices in North Carolina are reviewing arguments in the case of a teenager whose bra was searched at school. The young woman, who was suspected of drug crimes, was taken into a room, asked to untuck her shirt, and made to show school officials her bra straps during a physical search. School leaders
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