Some readers of our blog who enjoy futuristic sci-fi movies might flash almost immediately on one flick in particular as they read this post.
Not guilty does not necessarily mean innocent, nor does it have to strongly point to innocence in a court of law.
In the 21st century, being accused or charged with a crime in North Carolina does not necessarily mean being accused of theft or assault. A growing number of accused individuals in the state are facing identity theft charges - a different type of crime that may not involve physical or visible damage, but a charge or conviction can still have a significant impact on your life.
Fingerprints, DNA, eyewitness testimony. Add one more item to the list of "ironclad" evidence exposed as biased: cell phone data. If you have been following our blog, you may have read about instances in which the validity of DNA evidence was questioned due to the manner in which it was collected or tested. In court, prosecutors may present evidence that appears to be objective, when actually the interpretation of the information makes it quite subjective. Coupled with the testimony of experts, this type of misleading evidence can be bulletproof in court.
Police interrogations have been utilized for decades. One-one-one, intimidating interviews that discourage bathroom breaks or sleep in the hopes of getting suspects to reveal information or confess to a crime.
People often ask if Mecklenburg courts will be closed due to inclement weather. The court policy is to follow Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for the first day of such weather. So if CMS is closed, the courts are closed. If CMS is delayed, the courts are delayed. (Note that this applies to the STATE court in Mecklenburg County; the Federal court has its own policy.)
A fundamental and flatly central underpinning of the American criminal justice system is that a person charged with a crime understand that he or she engaged in criminal activity.
Police body cameras, yes or no?
Ah, yes, wiretaps.