Smith's Criminal Case Compendium

Smith's Criminal Case Compendium

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This compendium includes significant criminal cases by the U.S. Supreme Court & N.C. appellate courts, Nov. 2008 – Present. Selected 4th Circuit cases also are included.

Jessica Smith prepared case summaries Nov. 2008-June 4, 2019; later summaries are prepared by other School staff.

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E.g., 10/21/2021
E.g., 10/21/2021

The trial court properly extended the session. After the State rested on Friday, the trial court announced that it would be in recess until the following Tuesday. The defendant did not object to the announcement. Prior to dismissing the jurors on Friday, the trial court again informed them in open court that court would be in recess until Tuesday. Again, the defendant offered no objection. Court resumed on Tuesday, without objection from the defendant, and the defendant was convicted. The court found that the trial court sufficiently complied with G.S. 15-167 and properly extended the session.

Although the trial judge did not enter a formal order extending the session, the judgment was not null and void. The trial judge repeatedly announced that it was recessing court and the defendant made no objection at the time. On these facts there was sufficient compliance with G.S. 15-167.

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