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Editorial take: Here's why one important NC law is flawed, Part 2

We took an initial look in our immediately preceding blog post at what we think most North Carolinians would regard as a very important state law, namely, compensation for persons wrongfully imprisoned and subsequently pardoned.

Opinion: NC law compensating wrongfully convicted flawed

To any person preoccupied with notions of justice, wrongful incarceration stands at the apex of horrors that can confront any American. Being wrongfully accused and convicted of a crime and being subsequently confined to a prison cell is the height of injustice and an outcome that is truly frightening to contemplate.

Sophisticated phone surveillance: Enter the stingray

If you're the sort of person who respects police officers and law enforcement efforts generally, yet at the same time retains some skepticism regarding the strategies they sometimes employ, you'll certainly be interested -- and likely grow a bit depressed -- by hearing some of the details relevant to one of their favorite investigatory toys.

Kerrick Trial

Some people has expressed "anger" about the Kerrick hung jury and mistrial. However, I see it as the system working at it's best, however imperfect.
The lawyers did their job of presenting and challenging the evidence.
The jurors did their job: listen to the evidence, work towards a verdict with fellow jurors without compromising their beliefs.
The judge did his job in declaring a mistrial when faced with an impasse.
There are many places where the judicial system is far more efficient and results are assured.  Many Second and Third World nations come immediately to mind.  But you would not want to live there.

Having experienced legal counsel on board important at pre-charge stage, too

If you're of a certain age, you can likely conjure up the names of many cop-related television shows where much of the action takes place in a dimly lit room in the rear of the police precinct. It is there that an individual sits, back against the wall, while a cadre of detectives aggressively fish for as much information as they can before a defense attorney enters the room.

Bail considerations: from subjective guesses to math-based formulas

Some of our readers in North Carolina and elsewhere weaned on cop shows and police-station dramas and old enough to remember some of the classics (Dragnet, anyone? Hill Street Blues?) can probably run through a judge's spiel on bail just about as well as, well, a judge.

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