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Federal government will no longer share seized assets with local police

In the wake of strong criticism of the federal civil asset forfeiture program, the United States Department of Justice has announced that it has ended its so-called “Equitable Sharing” program that allows local police to seize property fr… Read More
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Feds seize more through asset forfeiture than burglars take

In 2014, the federal government took more property from American citizens through asset forfeiture than burglars did. According to the Washington Post (link), the federal government deposited more than $5 billion into their asset forfeiture funds, wh… Read More
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Grand Juries Are Tools of Prosecution

In light of an Ohio grand jury’s recent decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, it’s worth revisiting a Letter to the Editor of the News & Observer from CPSB criminal defense… Read More
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Raleigh federal criminal defense attorneys discuss government misconduct in Silk Road investigation

You may remember Silk Road, the “deep web” black market website where customers could purchase everything from drugs and guns to the services of hit men. Its founder, known as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was a 29-year-old from Tex… Read More
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Congress Says Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Likely Next Year

Last week, President Obama met with numerous congressional leaders of both parties to encourage them to move forward with pending legislation that would reform the federal criminal justice system. (WaPo, Sentencing Law and Policy Blog). Both the Hous… Read More
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This Isn't "Law & Order"

CPSB criminal defense lawyer Bradley Bannon blogs for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice about the difference between criminal justice on television and in the real world. Read More
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Raleigh criminal defense lawyer blogs about cell phone tracking

Raleigh criminal defense lawyer Elliot Abrams authored an article for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice regarding cell phone tracking by police. The full text is provided below: Your Right to Privacy in the Digital Age In 1976, the United Stat… Read More
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Ex-law clerk pleads guilty in major insider trading case

A former clerk of an international law firm pled guilty to insider trading last week. According to Justice.gov the clerk obtained confidential insider information (also known as “material nonpublic information”) related to mergers, acquis… Read More
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Drunk Driving Sentences

Driving drunk has a wide variety of consequences, depending on where you were, how old you are, how much you have had to drink and what you were doing when you were caught. DUI/DWI charges are determined by any number of factors and drivers who have… Read More
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Stop in the Name of the Law

Earlier this year, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued a ruling that has changed the way law enforcement officials interact with drivers whom they suspect of breaking the law. The issue in the case was this: When a cop mistakenly believes somethi… Read More
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