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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

A conversation with Wake County’s District Attorney, Colon Willoughby

  

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 NC 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

Duke law professor James Boyle discusses copyright law and the shrinking 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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Law
8:05 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Should Dogs Be Banned From Some Areas Of Raleigh Parks?

A proposed ordinance would ban dogs from Raleigh playgrounds and athletic fields.
Credit D. B. Brisbin

Raleigh's Public Works Committee will hear a proposed ordinance that would govern where dogs are allowed in parks.

City rules require that dogs be on a leash in all public places, and that their owners pick up their pets' waste. But Raleigh's parks department is still getting complaints about dogs running loose and threatening children.

Parks Superintendent Wayne Schindler says visitors also say they're finding dog droppings on ball fields.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

How Black Authors Write About U.S. Law And Race

Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing, Literature by Karla Hollway
Credit dukeupress.edu / Duke University Press

Host Frank Stasio talks with scholar Karla Holloway about her newest book, 'Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature'

From enslavement to the one-drop rule to the three-fifths compromise, United States law has defined African-American identity. Duke University professor Karla Holloway is exploring how black fiction connect racial identity and the creation of law for African Americans. 

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