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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.
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer—Forensics and Freedom for Wrongly Convicted
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer—Forensics and Freedom for Wrongly Convicted Howard Kurtz - 9/8/2014 A total of 317 post-conviction DNA exonerations have occurred in the U.S. since 1989, thanks to forensic science. The public is now more aware of what an experienced Raleigh criminal lawyer has always known: evidence used to convict people of heinous crimes can sometimes be completely wrong.
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.