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DCCA: DNA analysts should present results in court

Earlier this summer, I wrote about the North Carolina Supreme Court‘s handling of the doctrinal mess made by the U.S. Supreme Court‘s fractured opinions in Williams v. Illinois.  Well, on September 12, the D.C. Court of Appeals announced its latest

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Fourth Circuit: NC town can’t deny forum for takings claim

In an opinion published last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judge Shedd writes that a town being sued for a Fifth Amendment taking can’t avoid the suit by playing jurisdictional games. In this case, homeowners

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NC Supreme Court: Scientific experts can testify to out-of-court results

In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has created a new field of evolving case law regarding the Sixth Amendment’s confrontation clause (the criminal defendant’s right “to be confronted with the witnesses against him”). This right was given new life

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Fourth Circuit: Federal law governs limitations period for pollution suit

In an opinion published today for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judge Floyd writes that CERCLA, a federal environmental law, extends North Carolina’s absolute ten-year limitations period for people affected by environmental pollution; as written, NC law

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