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General Assembly Moves Forward on New Execution Law
General Assembly Moves Forward on New Execution Law Howard Kurtz - 7/31/2015 North Carolina has gone nine years without an execution and it seems that state lawmakers want to bring this era to an end. The proposed "Restoring Proper Justice Act" seems poised to make its way into law, and with it, a new period of capital punishment in N.C.
Bill to Help Hospital Employees May Hurt the Mentally Ill
Bill to Help Hospital Employees May Hurt the Mentally Ill Howard Kurtz - 7/24/2015 Hospital employees have it tough - long hours and stressful conditions are the norm. But did you know that they also face the highest number of incidents of work-related violence of any type of profession? A new North Carolina law makes it a felony to assault a hospital worker while on hospital grounds. Yet there could be unintended consequences to these actions.
Ignition Interlock Legislation Should be a Non-Starter
Ignition Interlock Legislation Should be a Non-Starter Howard Kurtz - 7/10/2015 DWI convictions are already painful, costing defendants time, money and effort to overcome. North Carolina is one of the tougher states in the nation when dealing with DWI cases. Yet once again, lawmakers are trying to make things even more difficult for people convicted of the charge. Proposed legislation would make it mandatory for everyone convicted of DWI in N.C. to have an interlock device installed in their vehicle.
Criminal Lawyer Share Why It’s Always a Bad Idea to Leave Your Car Running Unattended
Criminal Lawyer Share Why It’s Always a Bad Idea to Leave Your Car Running Unattended Howard Kurtz - 7/5/2015 It’s always a bad idea to leave your car running unattended. If you make this mistake, criminals can take advantage of the situation and try stealing your valuable property. Recently, this happened to a resident of Fayetteville, who just left her car running while buying something in a convenience store. Thankfully, the thief was arrested after the woman called her family members, who blocked the criminal’s path with another vehicle.
Personal Injury Lawyer: Can You Sue for Training-Related Heat Stroke?
Personal Injury Lawyer: Can You Sue for Training-Related Heat Stroke? Howard Kurtz - 6/30/2015 Even though the school year is over, many high school athletes continue to practice over the summer to stay in condition. Others train for competitions and athletic meets. This is pretty much the norm for many student athletes, but this summer’s weather conditions might be concerning.
It's Time to Reduce the Prison Population in America
It's Time to Reduce the Prison Population in America Howard Kurtz - 6/26/2015 It's no secret that we lock up a lot of people in the United States. America has the largest prison population on planet Earth, and legislators in some states finally seem to be waking up to the fact that this isn't an admirable achievement.
About DWI Arrest Quotas in Raleigh and the Need for a Good DWI Lawyer
About DWI Arrest Quotas in Raleigh and the Need for a Good DWI Lawyer Howard Kurtz - 6/22/2015 Police officers have been accused of having either formal or informal quotas regarding the number of DWI arrests they make. This notion has been widely rejected nationwide, North Carolina included. However, North Carolina does not have an anti-quota statute, and certain evidence suggest that such while DWI quotas may not actually exist in the state, there is still plenty of motivation to for police and defense attorneys to make arrests.
Raleigh Lawyer Applauds Police Efforts to Enhance Safety on Craigslist
Raleigh Lawyer Applauds Police Efforts to Enhance Safety on Craigslist Howard Kurtz - 6/15/2015 The downsides to using Craigslist are numerous. Any post you put up almost always guarantees a flood of spam emails to your Inbox. Scam listings abound, and criminals and sex traffickers use it to clandestinely promote their business or move stolen goods. Worst of all, people in some parts of the country have been murdered after engaging in a Craigslist transaction.
For the Record: Filming Interactions with the Police
For the Record: Filming Interactions with the Police Howard Kurtz - 6/12/2015 Smartphones have revolutionized how we do business, how we socialize, and how we interact with the world around us. They have also put a very powerful tool into the hands of the average citizen when it comes to dealing with police - a camera. The ability to easily record interactions with police has change the game with regards to community-police relations.
Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer Talks About Recent Train Accidents
Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer Talks About Recent Train Accidents Howard Kurtz - 6/10/2015 There seems to be plenty of accidents involving trains recently. Last March in North Carolina, an Amtrak train crashed into a tractor-trailer that was stuck in the railroad crossing tracks. The truck driver was trying to make a left-hand turn onto a Halifax highway but failed to navigate the crossing. He was also unable to back away from the tracks since other cars have already stopped behind him.