An executive from a western North Carolina bank pleaded guilty this week to charges involving more than $1 million in loans. The banker was charged with one count of theft/embezzlement/misapplication by a bank officer after she falsified at least 11 loan applications between March 2006 and November 2009. The falsified loans were made to straw
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It took a week of deliberating, but a North Carolina Superior Court judge announced this week that the trial of the man accused of a notorious Moore County mass murder will stay in the county. Defense counsel had sought a change of venue, arguing that the defendant couldn’t get a fair trial in Moore County.
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When a Raleigh newspaper reported this past summer that analysts in the crime lab of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation routinely withheld test results favorable to the defendant, the scientific community and defense attorneys urged the state to make the crime lab independent of the state’s law enforcement agency. Those efforts may be redoubled
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North Carolina defendants and their attorneys, take note: A Colorado man faces a maximum term of eight years in prison after being convicted this week of assault. The specifics of the assault were unusual, to say the least. He was apprehended after walking away from Hilltop House, where he was finishing up his sentence for
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North Carolina defense attorneys and prosecutors were stunned this week when Colorado law enforcement officers announced they were reopening the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation. The six year old was killed in 1996. Reports are that the investigation will include re-examination of physical evidence using new, more sensitive technology. Detectives are also expected to interview the victim’s
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