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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.
The Long Way Home: Justice Finally Arrives for Two Wrongfully Convicted Men
The Long Way Home: Justice Finally Arrives for Two Wrongfully Convicted Men Howard Kurtz - 9/4/2014 In 1984, two brothers were convicted of the rape and murder of 11 year old Sandra Buie in Robeson County, North Carolina. The case remains one of the most disturbing crimes in modern state history. But after 30 years behind bars, Leon Brown and Henry McCollum were released from prison this week after it was determined that they did not commit the crime for which they were convicted. Here is their story.
Federal Lawsuit Could Mean Big Changes to DMV Medical Evaluation Program
Federal Lawsuit Could Mean Big Changes to DMV Medical Evaluation Program Howard Kurtz - 8/29/2014 When people think of fun activities, a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles would likely be far down on the list. Dealing with the DMV can be a hassle at the best of times, but most people take comfort in the fact that it is something that they rarely have to do. Unfortunately, disabled people who find themselves enrolled in the DMV's Medical Evaluation Program do not have that luxury. Howard Kurtz explains why that might be changing.
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Says Circumstances Don’t Always Indicate Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Says Circumstances Don’t Always Indicate Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Howard Kurtz - 8/29/2014 When two separate crimes occur in similar circumstances, some prosecutors are ready to “jump the gun” (pun intended) and point to the same individual. I guess this is a natural part of human behavior. Fortunately in this country, that is not enough for our criminal justice system.
Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Elder Abuse and Neglect
Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Elder Abuse and Neglect Lynn Prather - 8/28/2014 Elder abuse and neglect is a serious issue and growing problem as our population continues to age. Seniors who can no longer take care of themselves, either because of the natural effects of aging or due to medical conditions like Alzheimer’s, must be looked after by a family member or a professional caregiver.
21 Turns 30 - Raleigh DWI Lawyer Discusses the Minimum Drinking Age
21 Turns 30 - Raleigh DWI Lawyer Discusses the Minimum Drinking Age Howard Kurtz - 8/27/2014 July 17, 1984 marked a milestone for the country. It was on this day that President Ronald Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, setting the minimum drinking age in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to 21. As a result, traffic fatalities and injuries dropped significantly over the years following its enactment, saving an estimated 900 lives annually.
Nobody’s Perfect – a Raleigh Lawyer Explains the Importance of Ethics on Newly-appointed Judges
Nobody’s Perfect – a Raleigh Lawyer Explains the Importance of Ethics on Newly-appointed Judges Howard Kurtz - 8/26/2014 Gov. Pat McCrory recently appointed Michael Stone as the new District Court judge of 16A, which encompasses Hoke and Scotland Counties. Stone replaced John H. Horne, Jr., who retired last July after serving as District Court judge for seven years. As yet, no date for the Raeford, NC lawyer's swearing-in has been released.
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.