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Help spotted for the besotted (access required)

It’s just like having a lawyer riding shotgun when you’re out driving drunk. Well, sort of. A recently released smartphone app claims to offer protections to drivers who may need competent representation if they find themselves pickled, er, in a ...

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Eyes wide shut (access required)

Just the other day, Sidebar was in a gift shop perusing presents for a family member but found itself reluctant to commit to an on-the-spot purchase because the prices weren’t displayed. Because of that, Sidebar can understand why defendant Charles ...

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It’s only money (access required)

After bellyaching about the potentially high cost of an adverse ruling against the state involving the Map Act, the North Carolina Department of Transportation retained a stable of expensive private lawyers at the expense of taxpayers.

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Video never lies (access required)

In a perfect example of why surveillance cameras exist in every parking garage, a Durham County court clerk was arrested last month. Meghan Dempsey, a then-Durham County court clerk, met with a man later identified as Dominic Speed of Durham ...

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Hey, lose the hat (access required)

With so many police misdeeds in the news these days, it’s almost a shame that former North Carolina state trooper Thomas Wetherington is being made quasi-famous for, of all things, misplacing an article of clothing. But he is, and for ...

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Forget the Joneses (access required)

Kanye West was right when he rapped, “Having money isn’t everything – not having it is.” But having too much money is not always a good thing, at least when lawyers are concerned.

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I’d buy that for a dollar! (access required)

For some goods and services, a dollar might seem reasonable compensation. A coloring book, for instance. Perhaps a juice box or an off-brand toothbrush. But not so much for a restrictive, 44-feet-wide easement that an electric company says it can ...

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