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., 11/27/2021
E.g., 11/27/2021

The indictment properly charged the defendant with burning of a building in violation of G.S. 14-62. The indictment alleged that the “defendant . . . unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did set fire to, burn, cause to be burned and aid the burning” of a specified building. The court rejected the defendant’s argument that the indictment was defective because it did not allege that the defendant acted “wantonly,” noting that North Carolina courts have held that the terms “willfully” and “wantonly” are essentially the same.

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