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Underage Drinking: More Trouble Than You Might Expect
Underage Drinking: More Trouble Than You Might Expect Howard Kurtz - 8/22/2014 Although it is widely known that it is illegal for someone younger than 21 years old to purchase alcohol, many people may not be aware that it is also illegal for minors to consume alcohol. Parents may think that because the consumption is occurring within the home and under supervision, everything is OK. Sadly, as one local family has recently found out, this is not the case.
Attack of the Drones: What N.C. Lawmakers Have to Say About Unmanned Aircraft
Attack of the Drones: What N.C. Lawmakers Have to Say About Unmanned Aircraft Howard Kurtz - 8/15/2014 Years of military action in the Middle East has increased Americans' familiarity with unmanned aircraft, more commonly known as drones. Drones possess a wide range of tactical uses, and cheaper versions have even been becoming popular on the consumer market as hobbyists take to the air via remote control. But what does this increased availability mean if the police start to make use of drones?
Drug Culture in the Digital Age
Drug Culture in the Digital Age Howard Kurtz - 8/8/2014 Almost everyone is aware of how profoundly the internet has changed the world as we know it, but most people don't think of the implications beyond their every day lives. Increasingly, the internet is becoming a tool for the buying and selling of illicit narcotics. Every move authorities make to shut down online drug trades are countered by the traffickers themselves. Is this the World Wide Web the Waterloo of the War on Drugs?
How We Treat Mentally Ill Inmates is Just Plain Insanity
How We Treat Mentally Ill Inmates is Just Plain Insanity Howard Kurtz - 8/1/2014 If an individual is not competent to understand the charges against them, they can't be held accountable for their actions. At least once a week, judges in Wake County order that a defendant undergo a mental health evaluation to determine whether they are competent to stand trial. Evaluations are supposed to occur within 7 days, but some inmates end up waiting for much longer. Howard Kurtz discusses how the justice system fails the mentally ill.
Dirty Deeds Done by Durham Police
Dirty Deeds Done by Durham Police Howard Kurtz - 7/25/2014 A Durham police officer made up a phony 911 call to encourage a woman to allow him inside her home. While there, the officer discovered some marijuana and related paraphernalia. A judge later suppressed the evidence, saying that it was the result of an improper entry into the woman's home. How widespread was this tactic, and what does it mean for the Durham Police Department?
Something is Rotten in the County of Durham: The Case of Darryl Howard
Something is Rotten in the County of Durham: The Case of Darryl Howard Howard Kurtz - 7/18/2014 Darryl Howard was convicted of the murders of a Durham, NC mother and daughter in 1995. These convictions were overturned in May of 2014 due to severe prosecutorial misconduct, and a judge ordered that Howard be given a new trial. What went wrong in Howard's original trial, and it this just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Durham County District Attorney's Office? Partner Howard Kurtz expresses his opinion about the latest news on the case.
In Case of a Dog Attack, Consult a Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer
In Case of a Dog Attack, Consult a Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer Lynn Prather - 7/10/2014 Sadly, dogs aren't always man's best friend. This became evident when a 71-year-old woman near Goldsboro in Wayne County was attacked by a pack of dogs belonging to her neighbor. WRAL has more on the story:
Raleigh Lawyer Weighs in on Recent SCOTUS Cell Phone Privacy Decision
Raleigh Lawyer Weighs in on Recent SCOTUS Cell Phone Privacy Decision Howard Kurtz - 7/9/2014 In a recent landmark decision of Riley v. California, sthe U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that personal cell phone searches are beyond the reach of law enforcement without a warrant. The ruling has been hailed as a major victory by privacy rights advocates and those of us at Kurtz & Blum support this decision 1000%.
Underfunded SBI Is a Disgrace to Justice
Underfunded SBI Is a Disgrace to Justice Howard Kurtz - 7/8/2014 As if the SBI Crime Lab didn't have enough problems, it turns out that it is severely underfunded, with too much work and not enough forensic analysts to do it. The backlog of evidence at the Crime lab sometimes leaves defendants waiting months, or even years, for their cases to go to trial. What impact is this having on our court systems?
A Night Out, a Few Drinks and a DWI, Raleigh DWI Lawyer Says, Don’t Think It Can’t Happen To You.
A Night Out, a Few Drinks and a DWI, Raleigh DWI Lawyer Says, Don’t Think It Can’t Happen To You. Howard Kurtz - 7/8/2014 Most stadiums and amphitheaters in North Carolina permit the sale of beer and alcohol at concession stands concerts. A simple night out with your kid to see your favorite country western singer could prove to be memorable in more ways than one.