Crime (page 95)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about an IRS audit that appears to target University of North Carolina profit centers, John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the ongoing debate about the death penalty’s future.
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2012
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    Faulty Analogy: Racial Justice Act and Employment Discrimination Cases

    A common argument by proponents of the Racial Justice Act is statistical evidence is used in employment and housing discrimination cases, so why not for death penalty cases? Using employment discrimination cases as a comparison: It is true that intentional discrimination isn’t required under the law.  There’s something called…
    Daren Bakst, December 29, 2011
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    DA Letter Criticizes Perdue and Captures Problems with the Racial Justice Act

    Rick Shaffer, who is a Democratic district attorney, resigned from Governor Perdue’s Crime Commission.  His resignation is based on the Governor’s veto of the bill (SB 9) that would have effectively repealed the Racial Justice Act. The letter is very illuminating. Regarding whether the Racial Justice Act…
    Daren Bakst, December 21, 2011
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    Racial Justice Act: Moratorium and Unintended Consequences

    The North Carolina Racial Justice Act allows those on death row or facing the death penalty to challenge the decision to seek or impose the death penalty. To win this challenge, the defendant or death row inmate must demonstrate that race was a significant factor in the decision.  Here’s…
    Daren Bakst, December 20, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on the felony guilty plea from Peter Reichard, the former top fundraiser for Gov. Beverly Perdue’s campaign. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how Perdue’s vetoes could thwart her re-election bid.
    Mitch Kokai, December 15, 2011
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    New at CJO: Perdue associate’s email hints at defense strategy

    The latest Carolina Journal Online report reveals details from an email former Bev Perdue campaign finance director Peter Reichard sent to friends on the day he was indicted in connection with the 2008 campaign.
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2011
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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