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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.
Raleigh Criminal Attorney Defends Cases from Every Possible Angle
Raleigh Criminal Attorney Defends Cases from Every Possible Angle Howard Kurtz - 12/4/2014 As criminal defense attorneys we generally don’t see people who perpetrate crimes as bad people, most often they simply express poor judgment, especially when they let their emotions get in the way of rational thought.
Justice Reinvestment Act Continues to Show Promise
Justice Reinvestment Act Continues to Show Promise Howard Kurtz - 11/26/2014 Crime may not pay, but punishing crime certainly costs. Over the years, the State of North Carolina has paid billions of dollars to prosecute and imprison criminals, with the prison population in North Carolina increasing by 29% between 2000 and 2009. What would happen if fewer defendants were sent to prison? This question was asked by N.C. legislators and in 2011, we got their answer: the Justice Reinvestment Act.
TROSA and Life After Addiction
TROSA and Life After Addiction Howard Kurtz - 11/21/2014 The word "addiction" conjures up all sorts of imagery, most of it negative. For many of us, our ideas about addiction can't even begin to encompass what it is actually like to live in its grip. Addiction can leave many people feeling without hope, or that there is no other way to live than to use. Yet for those struggling with drug or alcohol issues, the local TROSA program can offer a different path.
North Carolina Human Resources Commission Makes Huge Mistake in the Case of Duane Deaver
North Carolina Human Resources Commission Makes Huge Mistake in the Case of Duane Deaver Howard Kurtz - 11/14/2014 After being terminated from the SBI Crime Lab in January 2011 for reporting misleading results from blood tests, forensic analyst Duane Deaver immediately alleged that he had been wrongfully fired. Although this assertion has heretofore carried no water, the state Human Resources Commission recently ruled in Deaver's favor. And that is just plain wrong.
Why Hiring a Local Attorney is a Good Idea
Why Hiring a Local Attorney is a Good Idea Howard Kurtz - 11/7/2014 No one likes the idea of having to deal with a criminal charge. Even fewer like the idea of paying their hard earned money to a lawyer to help them out. Yet the worst time to pinch pennies is when you find yourself facing criminal charges. Here are four reasons to hire a local attorney to help you with your legal difficulties.
The Trouble with Traffic Tickets
The Trouble with Traffic Tickets Howard Kurtz - 10/30/2014 Most drivers equate a speeding ticket with the inconvenience of going to court and some part of their paycheck going to the courts. Yet for even seemingly minor traffic citations, it can be a good idea for you to seek out the assistance of an attorney. When it comes to traffic matters, sometimes even the smallest rock can start an avalanche of legal troubles.
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.