The Myth of a Twitchy Eye – HGN

Posted on - Cary DWI Lawyer

Every working day in courts throughout the land, some version of this testimony is elicited from prosecutors: Q: And what is Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus? Officer: “Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus is the involuntary jerking of the eyeballs. Imagine a ball traveling over a smooth surface. That’s how the eye should move. But when someone’s consumed alcohol, the […]

Do you Feel Lucky, Punk? Your Right to a Trial

Posted on - Sentencing Guidelines

Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison by United States District Court Judge Katherine Forrest who had the temerity to say to Ulbricht, as she imposed the judgment, “I don’t think you know that you hurt a lot of people.” Forrest, appointed by President Obama in 2011, probably doesn’t know just how she has […]

Forensic Science: The CSI Myth

Posted on - Raleigh Criminal Lawyer

Prosecutors have long complained about the CSI myth – the idea that a criminal case against a defendant can have such conclusive proof that there will be a CSI moment where the jury learns definitively of the defendant’s guilt. In voir dire, the process by which juries are selected by prosecutors and defense lawyers, prosecutors […]

Potential Criminal Charges and Consequences: Dana Cope

Posted on - Raleigh Criminal Lawyer

The News & Observer reported yesterday that former SEANC leader Dana Cope may have misspent – stolen (?) – as much as $500,000 in organization funds for his own personal use. This report comes following an independent audit conducted by a Washington DC firm hired by SEANC’s parent union, the SEIU. SEANC represents some 55,000 […]

North Carolina House Passes Tougher DWI Restrictions

Posted on - Raleigh DWI Lawyer

The North Carolina House passed two bills earlier in March with overwhelming support from members that would further toughen DWI penalties in North Carolina. North Carolina already has a reputation as one of the toughest in the country in terms of drunk driving related penalties. The new bills would: Create a 0.00 limit for all […]

SEANC’s Dana Cope Under Fire

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UPDATE: Wake County DA Lorrin Freeman has requested that the SBI conduct a criminal inquiry into the matter. UPDATE 2: Dana Cope resigned two days later. SEANC’s Dana Cope Under Fire SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope is back in the news with a lengthy and seemingly thorough investigative report by News & Observer reporter Joe […]

 

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