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September 2010 Archives

Embattled SBI Lab Loses Interim Director

In one of our previous blog posts, we discussed the controversy surrounding North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) crime lab. The state laboratory came under fire last month after a long-time SBI chemist testified that the SBI lab would sometimes only analyze the physical characteristics of the drug in identification rather than performing chemical analysis. The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the visual inspection of drugs was not sufficiently reliable in North Carolina drug charge cases.

Ban on Alcohol-Monitoring Device Continues

North Carolina's drug treatment court advisory committee has once again voted to not allow the state's drug treatment courts to use alcohol-monitoring bracelets. The panel first imposed the ban on alcohol-monitoring bracelets in 2007. Last week, the panel's members voted again and decided to keep the ban in place.

Avoiding Domestic Violence

As we deal with the hardships of the current economic downturn, many of us are faced with mounting stress and worry about our jobs, families and finances. Some family members can even turn against each other during difficult times. Good people can get pushed over the edge, causing them to act in ways they do not intend. As our economy has weakened, the incidence of domestic violence has increased.

Juvenile Sex Offenders: Marked for Life? - Part 2

In the last blog post, we discussed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). All states were ordered to adopt a new sex offender registry system that includes juvenile offenders by July 2011. Iowa has already moved towards compliance with the federally mandated system and is known for its strict registry laws.

Fraud Conviction Vacated for Former NC Lottery Chief

Former North Carolina lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings was recently exonerated of his felony conviction on fraud charges and released from federal prison. According to the Charlotte Observer, Geddings' fraud conviction was vacated on Friday, and the government was ordered to repay his $25,000 fine.

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