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Justice for None: The Impracticality and Inhumanity of the Death Penalty
Justice for None: The Impracticality and Inhumanity of the Death Penalty Howard Kurtz - 2/27/2015 You can be legally sentenced to die for your crimes in 32 American states, including North Carolina. Although public support for the death penalty is declining, the majority of states still practice capital punishment. In this week's blog, we'll explore the reasons why capital punishment needs to go extinct.
A Closer Look at Voluntary Dismissal with Leave
A Closer Look at Voluntary Dismissal with Leave Howard Kurtz - 2/20/2015 Old cases don't die, but they do fade away and off the active docket at North Carolina courthouses. While some people may forget to go to court and then forget that they have a pending case, this does not mean that the case vanishes. Older, unresolved cases slip into a special status known as "voluntary dismissal with leave." What does that mean? Read further to find out.
Death Penalty Procedures Under Review
Death Penalty Procedures Under Review Howard Kurtz - 2/13/2015 One of the most controversial aspects of crime and punishment in the United States is the death penalty. Abolished in most other countries across the globe, capital punishment is never the less the law of the land in a majority of U.S. States. With pharmaceutical companies banning the sale of lethal injection drugs to states that allow capital punishment and in the shadow of three botched executions in the last year, the U.S. Supreme Court will be examining lethal injections in April.
Raleigh Criminal Attorney: Defense Strategies for Felony Charges
Raleigh Criminal Attorney: Defense Strategies for Felony Charges Howard Kurtz - 2/2/2015 Ever get mad at another driver? It happens, but it’s not excuse to take such an incident and let it get out of control. On busy thoroughfares like Durham Road in North Carolina, encounters between drivers can get plenty heated. There can sometimes be a shouting match and an exchange of some profanity which, in turn, may quickly escalate into a full-blown road rage incident. One minute things are calm and the next minute, one of drivers pulls out a gun and fires.
Wrongfully Convicted, But Now Walking Free: Joseph Sledge Exonerated
Wrongfully Convicted, But Now Walking Free: Joseph Sledge Exonerated Howard Kurtz - 1/30/2015 There is no failure of the criminal justice system greater than an innocent person being convicted for a crime that they did not commit. We would like to think that it doesn't happen often, but it is clear that it does happen. Recently, a man wrongfully convicted of a Bladen County double murder was released after nearly four decades behind bars. This man's journey is a testament to the failures of the legal system and the lengths to which some people must go to obtain their freedom.
Better Living Without Chemistry: An Alternative View for Addressing Drug Addiction
Better Living Without Chemistry: An Alternative View for Addressing Drug Addiction Howard Kurtz - 1/22/2015 Drug addiction can tear families apart, and damage the fabric of society. Drug enforcement costs states and the federal government millions upon millions of dollars each year with no sure sign that consumption of illegal narcotics has decreased. The War on Drugs was clearly lost long ago, and yet law enforcement keeps fighting. A new theory is gaining traction about how and why people become addiction to illicit substances. Could this lead to changes in how we deal with drug crimes?
Social Media and Criminal Investigations in the Digital Age
Social Media and Criminal Investigations in the Digital Age Howard Kurtz - 1/16/2015 Social media on the internet is quickly becoming the most important ways that people in the modern age share ideas and information. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram allow us to connect with people across the globe, while sites like YouTube and Tumblr keep us entertained. Yet as more people share parts of their private lives publicly, it is changing the way police departments investigate criminal activity.
Facing a Gun Crime? Let a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Help Uphold Your Rights
Facing a Gun Crime? Let a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Help Uphold Your Rights Howard Kurtz - 1/15/2015 The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Yet that right may be subject to many conditions depending on where you live. Each state has the right to enact legislation pertaining to a citizen’s rights to own or carry a gun. North Carolina’s gun laws, for instance, regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition within the entire state.
Financial Strain Threatens Effectiveness of Criminal Court System
Financial Strain Threatens Effectiveness of Criminal Court System Howard Kurtz - 1/9/2015 When it comes to paying for state programs and services, there is no such thing as an unlimited budget. North Carolina legislators routinely have to weigh how to allocate funds to keep the state operating. One of the sectors laboring under budget cuts is the criminal court system. While sacrifices must sometimes be made for the greater good, the current operating budget for state courts is currently untenable.
Body of Evidence Supports Body Cameras for Police
Body of Evidence Supports Body Cameras for Police Howard Kurtz - 12/19/2014 When it comes to going to court for many minor offenses, an officer's word has long been law. Contrary to what many defendants believe, an officer's account of criminal activity is often enough to result in a criminal conviction. That's well enough for low-level crimes, but what about more serious offense like domestic violence or DWI? Are words alone enough then? Thanks to the increasing popularity of body cameras in police departments across the country, soon that may change.