Death Penalty: If This Train Is Moving, Why Isn’t The Scenery Changing?

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We are still pondering the Death Penalty Information Center’s 2014 year-end report. The organization found that the number of executions and death sentences decreased nationwide last year to levels the country hasn’t seen in decades. And, the numbers have been declining steadily over the past several years. For opponents of capital punishment, this is clearly
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Death Penalty Report: The Only Change, Really, Is In The Numbers

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The Death Penalty Information Center recently published its annual report on executions in the U.S. The statistics are telling — as is the reporting about the statistics — and timely. We found it dovetailed nicely with another story. More on that in a bit. Nationwide, DPIC says, there were 35 executions in 2014. Not only
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NC’s New Criminal Laws Cover Topics From BB Guns To Venus Flytraps

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A handful of laws went into effect on Dec. 1 that will change how North Carolina’s criminal justice system handles some offenses and some offenders. We discussed perhaps the most far-reaching change in our Nov. 6 post, NC Voters approve defendant felon’s right to waive jury trial. Only time will tell if bench trials are
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Most Defendants Can Now Waive Jury Trial In North Carolina

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A new law went into effect in North Carolina at the beginning of the month that allows defendants to waive their right to a trial by jury and instead choose to have their case tried by a judge. Historically, the state Constitutional has afforded all criminal defendants in felony cases the state the right to
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SBI Update: Be Careful What You Wish For; You Will Surely Get It

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Authorities are once again chiding the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab for rushing to judgment. This time, however, the situation involves a very unusual suspect. The State Human Resources Commission has overturned the SBI’s decision to fire the blood stain analyst that was such a prominent figure in the 2010 crime lab
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