The highest court in North Carolina ruled that the Council of the State has the right and the authority to guide the execution process for inmates on death row. The North Carolina Supreme Court found in favor of the Council in a suit brought by death row inmates who alleged that their criminal defense rights were infringed up on by allowing the Council to set the execution protocol.
In our last blog post, we discussed a case decided by the North Carolina Supreme Court last week. Three defendants convicted of sex offenses challenged their enrollment in an electronic monitoring program, arguing that it amounted to an additional and unconstitutional punishment. The law requiring electronic monitoring took effect after the defendants were convicted. The majority held that sex offenders can be subject to electronic monitoring even if they were convicted before the enactment of the law.
A divided North Carolina Supreme Court held last week that North Carolina sex offenders can be subject to electronic monitoring even if their convictions occurred before the passage of the tracking law.
North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation has adopted a new policy for analyzing drug evidence from crimes. The change was initiated after the North Carolina Supreme Court decided that visual inspection rather than chemical testing of drugs was inadequate.