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4th Circuit Reverses Itself: All Defendants Are Not Created Equal (And This is a Good Thing)

by Blue LLP

Posted on 18 Aug 2011


4th Circuit Reverses Itself: All Defendants Are Not Created Equal (And This is a Good Thing)

Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that is incredibly significant for criminal defendants facing enhanced sentences in federal court. Under select federal criminal statutes, most notably laws concerning guns and drugs, defendants often face sentence enhancements that are triggered by their prior record. These enhancements can add several years, and in some cases decades, to a defendant’s sentence.

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SCOTUS Overrules NC Supreme Court: Age Matters in Police Interrogations

by Blue LLP

Posted on 22 Jun 2011


SCOTUS Overrules NC Supreme Court: Age Matters in Police Interrogations

The United States Supreme Court recently decided J.D.B. v. North Carolina, a case involving a 13-year old 7th grader in Chapel Hill. In that case, the Court held that a suspect's age is a critical component in determining whether he or she has been subjected to a custodial interrogation.

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Reform at NC State Bureau of Investigation

by Blue LLP

Posted on 20 Jan 2011


Reform at NC State Bureau of Investigation

Earlier this week, a legislative committee approved proposals intended to address the misconduct and incompetency that has plagued the SBI Crime Lab. The results of a recent independent audit of blood analysis revealed that evidence was withheld or misreported in over 200 criminal cases. The investigation also called attention to the lab’s outdated practices, biased policies and lack of transparency.

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