Crime (page 45)

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    N.C. Court of Appeals reverses trial court in ‘bag of bones’ case

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has overturned a lower-court ruling dismissing murder charges in a bizarre Durham County case involving a bag of bones. Today’s ruling means prosecutors can proceed with first-degree murder charges against Michael Dorman, who’s accused of killing a prostitute and then…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2013
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    Winston-Salem Journal gets it wrong on career and tech ed

    From a Winston-Salem Journal editorial: Sometimes when the legislature passes a bill, we just have to ask: What took them so long? North Carolina’s “Career Ready Education” bill isn’t law yet, but after unanimous state Senate approval and Gov. Pat McCrory’s endorsement, it appears on the fast track. The…
    Terry Stoops, February 18, 2013
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    Mass killings = time to get a weapon

    Earlier this week, Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield of Wilson declared that changes to state unemployment benefits will produce “suicides and mass killings.” If she is right, then citizens need to arm themselves right quick.  Go to the National Rifle Association for more information. Get a weapon…before it’s too…
    Terry Stoops, February 8, 2013
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that North Carolina officials are not saying whether a scandal tied to a recently released Medicaid audit will lead to criminal charges. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why a big piece of the public policy debate involves educating people…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2013
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    Appeals Court favors state in long-running home health care Medicaid fraud dispute

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals reversed a Wake County trial judge this morning and ruled against Housecalls Home Healthcare in its long-running legal battle with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services linked to a Medicaid fraud investigation. Among the other new…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2013
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    Will the war on drugs claim another victim?

    I was just perusing some of the new bills being filed when I came across this latest addition to our war on drugs. Four House members have filed a bill to make possession of a pseudoephedrine a crime if the person has a prior conviction for the possession or…
    Barry Smith, January 31, 2013
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    New tools for fighting drug overdose deaths in North Carolina

    The N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition is pushing this year for new tools to help the state fight drug overdose deaths. The first proposal involves a so-called 911 Good Samaritan Law, which would prevent a 911 caller from facing criminal prosecution in connection with calling in a drug overdose. The second…
    Mitch Kokai, January 28, 2013
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    Split N.C. Supreme Court means earlier court ruling favoring ex-felon’s gun rights stands

    Because of a 3-3 split among N.C. Supreme Court members (with new Justice Cheri Beasley not having taken part in the case), the Court of Appeals’ November 2011 ruling favoring an ex-felon in a gun-rights case will stand. This forum has documented some of the key legal issues…
    Mitch Kokai, January 25, 2013