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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In North Carolina, Criminal Matters Dominate List of New Laws

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Criminal defense lawyers in North Carolina took special note of a host of new laws that went into effect on Dec. 1. Most of the laws add new crimes to the books — the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, for example, and Laura’s Law. Still, two add protections for defendants and nonviolent offenders under age
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