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Certificates of Relief — what is the big fuss?

- On December 1, 2011, the North Carolina General Assemby passed into law a provision which allows defendants convicted of certain misdemeanor and felony offenses the opportunity to obtain a "Certificate of Relief." Certificates of Relief should not be confused with expungements. An expungement literally purges all court records related to a criminal

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Quander Successful Concludes Federal Drug Case Arguing Court to Apply the Fair Sentencing Act and U.S. v. Simmons

- In December 2011, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, the 240-month sentence of John Stacy Norwood based on Quander's argument that the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 and the recent decision of U.S. v. Simmons should apply in Norwood's case. (See August 14, 2011 po

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