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November 2013 Archives

Woman sentenced to prison for mishandling evidence

North Carolina residents may be interested in the outcome of a Massachusetts case that could have lasting repercussions for thousands of the state's convicted individuals. On Nov. 22, a former chemist at the now-closed Hinton State Laboratory Institute was sentenced to three to five years in prison for numerous charges, including tampering with evidence, perjury, falsely claiming to hold a degree and 17 counts of obstruction of justice.

Congressman charged after drug sting

Legislators, like law enforcement officers, are inherently held to a higher standard when it comes to adhering to the laws that we all live by. When a congressman is charged with a crime, it is not only a political scandal, it probably reduces peoples’ confidence in congressional leadership.

Man released from prison after appeals court ruling

The notion of a person being innocent before being proven guilty is a bedrock principle of our legal system. However, it sometimes is lost (or ignored) when people are connected to heinous and senseless crimes. Because of this, it is not uncommon for people to be arrested, charged and eventually convicted of crimes they did not commit. While these stories are somewhat rare, they are certainly newsworthy events when they become public.

Man arrested after high-speed chase

Recidivism (the propensity for those convicted of crimes to be charged with another crime) is a continuing problem in North Carolina. Part of this issue can be attributed to the presence of outstanding warrants on a person's record. An accused may be afraid of being questioned by police (during a routine traffic stop, for example) out of fear that warrants will be discovered and will result in an arrest.

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