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Criminal Practice – Attorneys – Constitutional – Ineffective Assistance Claim – No Conflict of Interest – Contempt Hearing – Recess Request (access required)

State v. King (Lawyers Weekly No. 14-07-0668, 16 pp.) (Wanda Bryant, J.) Appealed from Buncombe County Superior Court (Alan Thornburg, J.) N.C. App. Holding: After (1) the state accused defense counsel of contempt, (2) the trial court rejected the accusation, ...

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Criminal Practice – Sentencing – Second-Degree Murder – Aggravating Factor – Heinous, Atrocious or Cruel – Defendant’s Presence – Prosecutor’s Statements – SBI Agent’s Testimony (access required)

State v. Hurt (Lawyers Weekly No. 14-07-0667, 24 pp.) (Mark Davis, J.) Appealed from Caldwell County Superior Court (Thomas Haigwood, J.) On remand from the N.C. Supreme Court. N.C. App. Holding: Even if the state had not presented evidence that ...

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