Crime (page 73)

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    Lake recounts formation of North Carolina’s innocence commission

    Before his mandatory retirement in 2002 as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, I. Beverly Lake Jr. pushed for the creation of an Actual Innocence Commission, a group dedicated to ensuring that North Carolina did not keep people in prison if those people could prove their innocence. Lake…
    Mitch Kokai, December 12, 2011
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    New N.C. Court of Appeals opinions

    Among its latest batch of opinions released this morning, the N.C. Court of Appeals: affirmed in a unanimous three-judge opinion a lower-court ruling favoring Fifth Third Bank in a dispute over loans tied to a real-estate development scam in Mitchell County known as the Village of Penland. reversed…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Senate’s recent vote to gut the so-called Racial Justice Act. John Hood’s Daily Journal digs into the real numbers behind the headlines linked to unemployment.
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2011
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    In case you missed him …

    Don Carrington offered News 14 Carolina’s “Political Connections” an extended interview about his investigation into campaign irregularities involving Gov. Beverly Perdue’s 2008 election campaign, including last week’s indictments of three Perdue associates.
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2011
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    Ethen’s Law set to take effect Thursday

    Some of the top advocates of North Carolina’s new Unborn Victims of Violence Act — dubbed Ethen’s Law — gathered at the Legislative Building for a morning news conference. The law takes effect Thursday. Click play below to watch a 17-minute news briefing featuring Rep. Dale Folwell, R-Forsyth; Effie Steele,…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2011
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    Court of Appeals throws out Pitt County drunk driving stop based on weaving driver

    A 2-1 split N.C. Court of Appeals panel reversed a lower court ruling and threw out a 2008 Pitt County drunk driving case. The majority ruled that a state trooper should not have stopped a driver near the private Rock Springs Equestrian Club solely on the basis of…
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2011
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    Court of Appeals reverses lower court, rules against Felony Firearms Act

    A split 2-1 N.C. Court of Appeals panel has reversed a lower court and ruled in favor of plaintiff Walter Sutton Baysden that the state’s Felony Firearms Act violates his constitutional right to bear arms. The split among appellate judges mean the state could seek a review from…
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2011
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    N.C. Supreme Court reverses Appeals Court ruling on Davidson DWI arrest

    The N.C. Supreme Court has reversed a ruling from the N.C. Court of Appeals involving a DWI stop by a Davidson College campus police officer. The Court of Appeals had thrown out the 2006 drunk-driving case. Appellate judges had agreed with the driver’s argument that the…
    Mitch Kokai, November 10, 2011