The Super Bowl Domestic Violence PSA Really Sticks With You

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We came across a blog post once that began, “It is unpleasant to be charged with a sex crime.” It is a true statement, certainly, but it fell a little short of the typical lead-in to a discussion of such a difficult and sensitive subject. Yes, it can be unpleasant to be charged, just as
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Where There’s Smoke: Can We Predict Wrongful Convictions?

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If you are arrested for a violent crime in North Carolina that you did not commit, what are the chances you will be convicted anyway? A new study funded by the federal government and conducted by university researchers has identified 10 factors that wrongful convictions have in common. The researchers hope that the results will
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Three Teenagers Accused of Involvement in Carjacking Murder

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Police have charged three teens in the killing of a 35-year-old man whose vehicle they were purportedly carjacking. The North Carolina teenagers all face charges of murder. Detained were a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, both residents of Raleigh, and a 16-year-old boy from Durham. During the incident, the 12-year-old shot herself accidentally, according
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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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