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Lawyers Weekly: Man Shot By Police Officers Settles Claim for 275k

A man who was shot in the face by a Wilmington police office has settled a pre-lawsuit claim against the city of Wilmington and the Wilmington Police Department for $275,000...

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Citizen Times: Roy Cooper pardons men wrongfully convicted of murder

Gov. Roy Cooper has pardoned four men who were wrongfully convicted of murder in Bucombe County, ending a decades-long legal battle surrounding the death...

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NC Black Rick Hendrick Ex-manager Claims Racial Harassment

Lance Blair thought he had found a home at Rick Hendrick's Toyota dealership in Concord, where he had risen to an assistant manager's position after joining the company in 2012...

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Charlotte Observer: Former Gang Members Go Free After 31 Years in Prison

As 20-somethings, they went to prison—all leaders or members of a violet Charlotte crack-cocaine gang that preyed on vulnerable neighborhoods and...

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Charlotte Observer: After 30 years in prison, convicted gang members seek release

When discussing the value of lost time, Ashley Jackson shares a story from her father, Orrin - how when Ashley was 6 months old, he kissed her on the forehead...

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Gaston NAACP, others sue county commissioners over Confederate monument

The Gaston County Board of Commissioners is facing legal action after a civil suit was filed Thursday by groups seeking the relocation of the county's Confederate...

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CNN: I'm no 'anchor baby', I'm Jim Melo - an Ivy League-educated Lawyer 

For Jim Melo, being an American is a huge responsibility. His parents and siblings came to the United States in the early 1970s without papers from Mexico...

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Charlotte Observer: Cop attacked Black woman during NC traffic stop

Multiple studies of traffic stops in North Carolina have come to the same conclusion: Black drivers are far more likely to be pulled over, searched and...

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The News & Observer: Cops framed people, all Black, with fake drugs

A lawsuit claims a Raleigh police officer and his confidential informant framed more than a dozen people in a fake heroin sales scheme. The charges against...

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ACLU of North Carolina: NAACP Charlotte v. City of Charlotte (Protest Rights)

In response to a lawsuit filed by civil rights advocates, journalists, and protesters, a North Carolina Superior judge granted a temporary restraining order forcing...

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The News & Observer: Two NC Inmates Fought until one was dead. Did jailers try to stop it?

The family of an inmate killed in the Cleveland County jail nearly two years ago claims in a lawsuit that jailers knowingly placed two violent, mentally unstable...

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Asheville Citizen-Times: Defendants Testify in Innocence Case

More than a year of pressure from law enforcement and his attorney to accept a plea bargain finally proved too much for Kenneth Kagonyera. The convicted murderer testified on Tuesday that...

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The News & Observer: Gov Cooper pardons Ronnie Long, four others who were wrongfully convicted

On his eighth day of freedom, from a 440 year imprisonment for a crime he says he never committed, Ronnie Long spends the evening at home cooking dinner...

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Charlotte Magazine: Jeff Leardini Is the Accused

On the morning of April 27, Jeff Leardini, a highly regarded sixth-grade language arts teacher at Community House Middle School near Ballantyne, was summoned to the principal's office. When he arrived...

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Spartanburg Herald-Journal: Charlotte Bouncers Cleared in Death

Prosecutors have dismissed murder charges against three bouncers accused of killing a Charlotte nightclub patron more than two years ago. The decision to drop the charges comes...

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The Charlotte Observer: Claim: Lineup was Rigged

Attorneys trying to free a Monroe man convicted in of the state's largest child sex abuse cases filed court papers Monday saying that police used improper photo lineups that led children to identify...

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Rock Hill Hearald Online: Couple to Plead Not Guilty

Sallie and Donald Saxon, accused of operating a high-priced prostitution ring in Charlotte, will plead not guilty, their defense attorney said. The husband and wife are scheduled...

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Trade & Tyron: Former CMS Teacher Leardini "The Accused" Is Acquitted

In the December 2006 issue of Charlotte mag, Ted Reed wrote a story titled "The Accused" about Jeff Leardini, the former Community House Middle School teacher who had been accused of improperly touching...

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The Wall Street Journal: How Unproven Allegations Can Lengthen Time in Prison

Laurence Braun learned the hard way that being acquitted of a crime doesn't always stop you from being punished for it. Mr. Braun, the former co-owner of a New York company that defrauded...

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The Daily Courier: Hoyle Found Not Guilty

The former public works director for the Town of Forest City was found not guilty in Rutherford County Superior Court in four cases of embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense. Scott H Doyle...

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Local & State: Judge Exonerate Two Men in 200 Killing

Charlotte attorney Chris Fialko walked out of jail with a client Thursday and watched as the man hugged his 10-year-old daughter for the first time. Fialko represented Rober Wilcoxson who...

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Blue Ridge Now: Defense Rests in WNC Innocence Hearing for 2 Men

The prosecution has begun presenting evidence in an unusual innocence hearing at which two North Carolina men are trying to prove they didn't kill a man, despite their guilty pleas to second-degree murder...

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The Charlotte Observer: Life Term Ruled Void in Grocer's Drug Conviction

Charlotte grocer Will Rhynes, convicted in 1996 in a 25-year drug distribution conspiracy, may not have to spend the rest of his life in prison. A federal appeals court has overturned Rhynes' life sentence...

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The Charlotte Observer: Man Relieved by Not-Guilty Verdict

For three months, Larry Mackins feared he might spend the rest of his life in prison. The 43-year-old Charlotte bail bondsman was under federal indictment and knew the government's reputation...

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The Charlotte Observer: Parker Now Free 

James Bernard Parker, sentenced to three life terms in one of North Carolina's biggest child sex assault cases, was set free Monday after 14 years behind bars. He walked out of a Brooklyn N.Y. courthouse and...

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The Charlotte Observer: Point Man in Heist Pleads Guilty

In October, he stole $17 million and left the country, not contacting relatives until he was arrested in Mexico six months later. On Friday, David Scott Ghantt publicly apologized to his family...

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The Salisbury Post: Woman Gets Her Horse Back; All Charges Dismissed

After more than three years of legal proceedings, officials have returned to Carolyn Nance all but two of the 16 horses seized from her when officials accused her of mistreating the animals...

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Hundreds Of Divorce And Custody Cases On Hold

Family court is moving a lot slower in North Carolina because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly all divorce and child custody hearings are on hold until at least...

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Murder Convictions Overturned, Men Freed

Video evidence taped over with a segment from a daytime soap opera. A dismissed confession from a man never charged. A defense attorney's admission that he put on too...

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