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Part 2 of a 2-part series on former high school wrestling star Luke Hampton who was paralyzed during a 2011 wrestling match. Part 2 focuses on Hampton’s struggle to live with his 2011 injury. Hampton’s head hit off a wall during a wrestling match in which the mat was placed up against the wall. Hampton’s injury has prompted a change in state officiating, enforcing a rule placing mats 10 feet from any wall.
NC State anthropology professor Ann Ross helped solve the murder of Laura Ackerson by Grant Hayes. Ross was asked for help by the NC chief medical examiner and provided evidence that Hayes murdered Ackerson after examining Ackerson’s bones and those of juvenile pigs who had both been cut using a mechanical saw. Specific details of the investigation and Ross’ contribution through her knowledge of anthropology and forensic science are detailed.
This week in Washington, DC, the US Supreme Court heard the case of Heien vs. North Carolina which tests Fourth Amendment protections against unconstitutional searches. Its decision has national implications for police officers who are often immune from punishment for misinterpreting the law and illegally searching an individual. Civil liberties advocates are watching this case closely as it could cause illegal traffic stops to spike if police are not held accountable for misinterpreting the law.
As overpopulated prisons have sapped government budgets, there has been a push to make sentencing reforms retroactive. Cumberland County native Larry Stubbs is hopeful that this push will mean he will be released from prison after serving life in prison for second-degree burglary. The same crime today carries a maximum sentence of four years. Prison reform and Stubbs’ fight for justice are detailed.
The state, the city of Durham, and Guilford County court officials are being sued by six homosexual couples. The couples are trying to overturn the 2010 legislation banning same-sex marriage and to also fight for second-parent adoptions for gay couples. The article includes excerpts from interviews with the six couples with unedited transcripts available at the Indy's website.