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., 09/26/2021
E.g., 09/26/2021

In this felony death by vehicle case the prosecutor did not improperly appeal to the jury’s passion and prejudice requiring the trial court to intervene ex mero motu. The prosecutor asserted that the jury “can send a message” with its verdict and told the jury that it was “the moral voice and conscience of this community.” Neither of these arguments are improper.

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