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Post By Unc School Of Government

No legislative session would be complete without amendments to the state’s DWI laws. The 2016 short session upholds this tradition by amending the procedures that govern the admissibility of chemical analyses in impaired driving trials in district and superior court. Background. G.S. 20-139.1(a) provides that evidence of a person’s alcohol concentration or the presence of any other Read More

News Roundup, Article by UNC School of Government

Sadly, the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning is the major criminal law news story this week.  Forty-nine victims were killed, fifty-three others were wounded, and the gunman died in a shootout with police.  The shooting is being characterized as a terror attack and a hate crime.  The shooter reportedly Read More

Destruction Of Videos By Law Enforcement

There is an ongoing discussion about whether or not video evidence from police cameras should be available to the public.  Of course they should be available.  They are paid for with tax dollars.  Law enforcement claims they want transparency.   The camera doesn’t blink.  The camera doesn’t lie.   More often than not, the video Read More

Not Guilty verdict in BP death

Greensboro – A Guilford County jury found a High Point man not guilty Friday in a 2011 fatal shooting at a BP station. The jury determined that Maurice Antonio Nichols, of 618 Wesley Drive, acted in self-defense about 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2011, when he shot and killed Lemorris McCollum Jr., 26, of Greensboro. Read More

Maureen Ward Cleared In 2003 Arson Case

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012 7:00 am |  Updated: 10:38 am, Thu Feb 14, 2013. Danielle Battaglia It was a court case almost 10 years in the making. In the end, a Rockingham County woman was cleared of arson charges. Titus Plomaritis and his ex-wife Maureen Ward’s 531 River Ridge Roadhome was set on fire Read More

No Jail For Infants Death

SARAH NEWELL [email protected] PUBLICATION: Greensboro News & Record (NC) SECTION: News DATE: December 9, 2014 GREENSBORO – A man whose 3-month-old son died after he left the child in his van received probation and community service Monday in the infant’s death. Jose Stalin Hernandez-Fichack, 32, of Whitsett pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in Guilford Read More

Man Acquitted In Shotgun Killing

Date: January 24, 2004 Edition(s): ALLPage: B1 Section: TRIAD Source: SCOTT MICHELS Staff Writer Dateline: GREENSBORO Michael Atoyebi left the Guilford County courthouse Friday knowing that whoever murdered his brother might never face justice. A Durham man was acquitted Friday afternoon of what a prosecutor called the brutal, “completely random and senseless” murder of Atoyebi’s Read More

Jurors Acquit Man Of Murder

Jurors acquit man of murder Date: March 25, 2006 Edition(s): Greensboro Page: B1Section: TriadSource: ERIC COLLINS GREENSBORO – A jury Friday acquitted a McLeansville man of murder in connection with the stabbing death of a friend last year. Walter Lee Puckett Jr., 23, was charged with the second-degree murder of John Ross Hunt, 21, of Read More

Jurors Acquit Greensboro Man Of Murder

After little more than an hour of deliberation, a jury acquitted a Greensboro man Friday of murder for driving the car from which an acquaintance of his shot and killed another man. Derrick Lamont McMillan, 26, teary-eyed and smiling, hugged his lawyers and his family after hearing the verdict. “It’s over, it’s over,” he said, Read More

Not Guilty Stuns Court Stepson Free Admitted Baseball Bat Killing

Date: February 2, 1991 Edition(s): ALLPage: B1 Section: TRIAD/STATE Source: LIBBY LEWIS Staff Writer Eric Duncan admitted it to the 12 people who sat judging him: He beat his stepfather to death with a baseball bat.     He didn’t mean to kill him, Duncan said at his murder trial in Guilford Superior Court this Read More