Archive for May 2010

Wake County Substance Abuse Treatment Providers

Below are some names of Wake County (North Carolina) Substance Abuse Treatment Providers. I am not recommending these providers, but merely providing them for informational purposes. Before you use any provider, you should confirm with your lawyer that the provider is right for your case. Southlight Judicial Services 919-828-4892 ext. 1207 12 West Martin Street…

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Cruel and usual: a life sentence for a 17-year-old

The United States Supreme Court issued an important opinion last week involving the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Eighth Amendment – in addition to prohibiting excessive bail – prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” Most people are familiar with that prohibition because of the continuing controversy over whether the death penalty is “cruel…

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Confrontation Clause: Post-Crawford Developments

The “confrontation clause” of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” This little phrase has created a whole library full of commentary and legal opinions. At its core, the phrase is simple enough: a defendant ought…

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Types of Immunity

In criminal law, there are two types of immunity. The first is called “use immunity” and the second is called “transaction immunity.” These kinds of immunity provide varying degrees of protection. In general, transaction immunity is much broader, and therefore far more protective. Generally immunity is offered by a prosecutor in exchange for something, whether…

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Don’t Drive A State Car While Drunk

Here’s a thought. Don’t drive a state vehicle while drunk! A Illinois politician had to give up his state car when his son, who was driving said car, was arrested for driving while impaired. If you’re accused of a DWI Raleigh or DUI Raleigh, feel free to call me. Senate President John Cullerton has given…

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