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

Circumstantial evidence indicated that a juvenile wrote “BOMB INCOMING” in a school bathroom. Officers obtained a juvenile petition charging the juvenile with making a false report of mass violence on educational property in violation of G.S. 14-277.5. The petition alleged in pertinent part that the juvenile did “make a report by writing a note on the boy’s bathroom wall . . . stating ‘bomb incoming’.” The court of appeals held the petition to the same standard as a criminal indictment and found it to be defective for failing to allege that the juvenile made “a report.” The petition literally asserted that the juvenile made a report, but the court found that the described conduct clearly failed to constitute a report within the meaning of the statute. The message was not directed at anyone in particular, and a person who saw it would not likely view it as a warning of an imminent event.

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