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Monthly Archives: December 2018


U.S. Supreme Court to Hear an Important Case on Criminal Defendant’s Rights in Plea Bargain Appeals

By Dysart Willis |

Guilty pleas play an increasingly large role in our criminal justice system. In fact, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, 97 percent of federal and 94 percent of state prosecutions today end in plea bargains. As a result, there is an increasing number of appeals from guilty pleas and, consequently, an increasing number of… Read More »

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What Is Considered A “Hate Crime” In North Carolina?

By Dysart Willis |

We see news stories covering potential “hate crimes” all the time, some of them involving very serious, egregious crimes, but what constitutes a hate crime, exactly? According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a hate crime is one that is motivated by biases based on disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religion, or… Read More »

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Prosecution of North Carolina Mother Who Lost Her Son in Hurricane Raises a Number of Criminal Justice & Civil Rights Concerns

By Dysart Willis |

North Carolina’s recent decision to criminally charge a mother whose child drowned during Hurricane Florence has drawn a number of concerns from criminal defense and civil rights experts, and with good reason. The defendant (who is African-American) was charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving on a closed or unopened highway, and faces a manslaughter… Read More »

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