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The Injustice of Juvenile Justice in North Carolina
The Injustice of Juvenile Justice in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 10/24/2014 No matter how far they may be from their teenage years, most people will remember that they didn't always make the best decisions when they were young. Teenagers tend to be more impulsive and reckless than older folks, and lack experience that can mean the difference between good choices and bad ones. This can be a problem when we start treating minors as adults in the court system.
Dashboard Cameras Are Only Useful If Attorneys Have Access To The Videos
Dashboard Cameras Are Only Useful If Attorneys Have Access To The Videos Howard Kurtz - 10/17/2014 Dashboard cameras are some of the most recognized pieces of police technology to the general public, and yet, not all local agencies make videos captured by their dash cams available to attorneys. This can make it difficult for attorneys to fully advise their clients when considering a trial or plea. It also makes it harder to preserve evidence, since police departments don't keep dash cam footage forever.
Death of Mentally Ill Inmate Triggers Investigation of N.C. Prisons
Death of Mentally Ill Inmate Triggers Investigation of N.C. Prisons Howard Kurtz - 10/10/2014 Michael Anthony Kerr, a schizophrenic inmate in the North Carolina Department of Corrections who was not receiving treatment for his illness, died of dehydration in his cell in March. Federal authorities have launched an investigation into the case, and disability rights advocates are calling for Gov. Pat McCrory to fill empty positions within the prison healthcare system. Howard Kurtz discusses Mr. Kerr's death and what it may mean for N.C. prisons.
Your Vote May Change How Courts Are Run in North Carolina
Your Vote May Change How Courts Are Run in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 10/3/2014 Voters going to the polls in November will have the opportunity to do more than just elect officials - they will also be voting on whether to change how trials are conducted in superior court. But that isn't to say that who you are voting for isn't also important, in light of some changes to how Court of Appeals and Supreme Court judges fund their campaigns.
A Scanner Darkly: New Tracking Technology Comes to Raleigh
A Scanner Darkly: New Tracking Technology Comes to Raleigh Howard Kurtz - 9/26/2014 Although not expressly mentioned in the Constitution, the right to privacy is considered by many to be one of the most fundamental rights we have as American citizens. While technological advancements can make our lives easier, they can also make it easier for our privacy to be infringed upon. When does effective use of technology by law enforcement cross the line?
Majority of Remaining "Moral Monday" Cases to Be Dismissed
Majority of Remaining "Moral Monday" Cases to Be Dismissed Howard Kurtz - 9/19/2014 In 2013, a series of protests that came to be called "Moral Mondays" took place in and around the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. As the number of demonstrators grew, the events garnered national attention. Protestors engaged in acts of civil disobedience, and most than 900 people allowed themselves to be arrested inside the Legislative Building. Now, many of the cases that remain active in the Wake County Criminal Justice Center are being dismissed.
Out with the Bad: Termination of Disgraced SBI Analyst Upheld
Out with the Bad: Termination of Disgraced SBI Analyst Upheld Howard Kurtz - 9/12/2014 People expect that those individuals charged with investigating crimes to look at the evidence objectively. After all, to do otherwise might mean that a person is denied due process of law, or even that an innocent person may end up in prison. Unfortunately, employees at the State Bureau of Investigations' Blood Analysis Unit were examining evidence in a biased fashion. The most brazen perpetrator was an analyst named Duane Deaver, who was fired in 2011.
A Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer Will Fight the Good Fight with You
A Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer Will Fight the Good Fight with You Howard Kurtz - 9/11/2014 Is your injury the direct result of another person’s negligence? Are you worried about how you’re going to pay off your debts now that your treatment is eating up most of your savings? Receiving compensation via a personal injury suit may take care of your financial suffering. However, winning a personal injury claim is often not that easy, especially since you’ll eventually be butting heads with an insurance company whose primary goal is to limit or deny compensation
Raleigh Lawyer Never Got Invited to the “Party Mansion”, Now It’s Been Sold!
Raleigh Lawyer Never Got Invited to the “Party Mansion”, Now It’s Been Sold! Howard Kurtz - 9/10/2014 The 15,224 square-foot gray and white manor was recently sold to a local business owner for $1 million, which is way below the original price of $2.9 million. The house got its dubious name due to the lavish and rowdy parties its former owner, Claude Verbal II, used to host. For the Wake County Superior Court, however, the late night drinking, explicit music, and illicit behavior had to stop.
DWI Arrests are up nearly 90% in 2014 according to Raleigh DWI Lawyer, Howard Kurtz
DWI Arrests are up nearly 90% in 2014 according to Raleigh DWI Lawyer, Howard Kurtz Howard Kurtz - 9/9/2014 Since the formation of the Raleigh Police Department's five-man DWI squad, the number of drivers arrested for drunk driving almost doubled from 794 during the first half of 2013 to an impressive 1,484 during the same period in 2014. As a result, fatalities dropped by more than 80 percent, from 12 deaths during the first half of 2013 to just 2 over the same period in 2014.