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Criminal Practice – Constitutional – Right to Counsel – Impasse – Trial Tactics – DNA Contamination (access required)

State v. Ward (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-358-16, 16 pp.) (Wanda Bryant, J.) Appealed from Mecklenburg County Superior Court (Robert Sumner, J.) N.C. App. Holding: Even though mold in the police department laboratory contaminated some DNA samples, since defense counsel determined that defendant’s sample was not affected, the trial court properly denied defendant’s request to compel his ...

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