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Criminal Practice – Misdemeanor Child Abuse – Paddling – Bruising – 1837 Decision (access required)

State v. Varner (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-073-17, 8 pp.) (Chris Dillon, J.) Appealed from Lee County Superior Court (Thomas Lock, J.) N.C. App. Holding: The trial court’s instruction allowed the jury to convict defendant of misdemeanor child abuse if it determined that the punishment administered by defendant was not “moderate,” without giving further guidance as to ...

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