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., 11/30/2022
E.g., 11/30/2022

In this Lincoln County case, the defendant stole a car left running outside of a gas station. A three-year old child was in the backseat. Once officers attempted to stop the car, the defendant led police on a high-speed chase and ultimately crashed. The child was not harmed. During the chase,...

State v. Diaz, ___ N.C. App. ___, 808 S.E.2d 450 (Nov. 21, 2017) aff'd on other grounds, ___ N.C. ___, ___ S.E.2d ___ (Aug 16 2019)

The trial court did not err by denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss a charge of abduction of a child under G.S. 14-41. The defendant, who had a sexual relationship with the child victim, argued that the evidence showed that the child voluntarily left her home. The court rejected this...

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