Law

Alert Carolina
5:25 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Now Cleared, Alert Carolina Sirens Sound On UNC-CH Campus With Reports Of Armed Person Near Campus

Alert Carolina sirens sounded on the UNC Chapel Hill campus following reports of an armed and dangerous person on or near the campus. Additional email and texts were sent to campus staff, students and faculty encouraging area residents to remain inside.  According to reports, a man displayed a knife or knives near the campus area known as "The Pit."

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Race and Politics
3:44 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

On Racism: 'This Is Our Heritage. You Can't Get Away From It'

Ta-Nehisi Coates is writer and Senior Editor at The Atlantic
Credit The Lavin Agency

Last month, Michael Dunn was convicted of attempted murder, after firing several rounds into an SUV of young black men. Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old, was killed in the incident. Dunn is 47, and he is white. Dunn invoked the "Stand Your Ground Law" to defend his actions, and the jury was deadlocked on whether to charge him for Davis's murder. He'll face a retrial this summer.

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Law
10:53 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Army General Fined, Reprimanded In Sex Case

A 2008 photo of Jeffrey Sinclair giving remarks during the transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq.
Credit James Wagner, Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq

  

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - An army general avoided jail time and was reprimanded and fined a total of $20,000 for inappropriate relationships with three subordinates in a closely watched court case.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair smiled and hugged his two lawyers in the courtroom Thursday morning after the judge's sentencing.

The final sentence could not exceed terms in a sealed agreement between defense lawyers and military attorneys. The agreement was unsealed Thursday and said Sinclair could have served no more than 18 months in jail.

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Law
1:54 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

NC's First Female Judge Had No Legal Training Whatsoever

NC's first female judge, Mamie Dowd Walker
Credit Milo Pyne

Judge Mamie Dowd Walker was a widow with two children when she was appointed the first female judge in North Carolina in 1934.  It was a first for North Carolina not only because Judge Walker was female, but also because she had no legal training.  But her grandson Milo Pyne says his grandmother "needed the money." 

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wake County District Attorney Steps Down After Nearly Three Decades

Wake County District Attorney Colon WIlloughby
Credit http://web.co.wake.nc.us/ / Wake County District Attorney's Office

  

In his 27 years as Wake County’s District Attorney, Colon Willoughby has prosecuted everything from high-profile murder cases to corruption in state government. For Willoughby, integrity and impartiality are vital components of the role. 

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Law
4:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

North Carolina Wants New Drug For Death Row Executions, But Where Will It Come From?

The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, Calif. 2010.
Credit California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Prosecutors in Wake County are selecting a jury in a first-degree murder trial this week. It is the fifth case in North Carolina this year where a defendant could face capital punishment. But a series of lawsuits have blocked the death penalty for years in this state. And now, a little-known drug could become another obstacle.

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Handguns
8:58 am
Tue February 25, 2014

26 NC Counties Make It More Convenient To Apply For A Handgun Permit

Residents of 26 North Carolina counties can apply for handgun permits online.
Credit Daniel Weber's photo stream / Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Daniel Weber’s photostream

Residents of Wake County can now apply online for a permit to own a hand gun or to carry one concealed. Instead of going into an office, they can fill out the permit application and pay the fee online.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the online service makes the process more user-friendly, but just as safe as before.

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Law
12:23 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Lawsuit Challenging Ban On Same-Sex Marriage In NC Waiting To Be Heard

Shana Carignan (left) and Megan Parker with son Jax
Credit North Carolina ACLU

Every night before bedtime, Shana Carignan goes through a special ritual with her six-year-old son, Jax. "Arright buddy, you know the drill! We’re going to have to giggle, get the bubbles out, right?," she says.

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The State Of Things
12:58 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

NCDOT Condemns Property Without Court Approval

In October 2012, the North Carolina Department of Transportation condemned a Concord property and demolished a vacant building to make way for a new parkway extension. Eleven months later, the DOT requested the court's permission. A federal judge has imposed punitive sanctions for the “blatant disregard” for the law shown by DOT attorneys.  Host Frank Stasio discusses the controversy with Bruce Siceloff, transportation reporter for the News and Observer.

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The State of Things
12:37 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

What Could Have Entered The Public Domain?

James Boyle comes on The State of Things to discuss the shrinking public domain.
Credit Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain

In the public domain, work can be freely shared online, translated into other languages, or republished and cheaply distributed.  

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