What Makes A Crime A ‘Hate Crime’ – In North Carolina?

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There is still a struggle in the media, in the community and in the courtroom to put a label on the Chapel Hill killings on Feb. 11. The victims were three Muslim American college students, the confessed shooter a 46-year-old white man. The defendant, Craig Stephen Hicks, was reportedly upset about parking at the condominium
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Goodbye Hello: Supreme Court Takes On Lethal Injection Protocol

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of three inmates on Oklahoma’s death row. They are challenging the use of the sedative midazolam in that state’s lethal injection executions. In theory, the drug renders the inmate unconscious in an effort to spare him or her the excruciating pain that the remaining two
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Public Defenders Commit To Ending Racial Bias In the Justice System

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A group of North Carolina public defenders rallied in Charlotte just a couple of days shy of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. What brought them together was a common belief that the criminal justice system across the country is plagued by racial bias, discrimination and inequality. The first speaker called on Dr. King’s
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