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Articles by Michael Hedgepeth, Former Senior Staff Writer

Michael Hedgepeth, Former Senior Staff Writer
About Michael Hedgepeth, Former Senior Staff Writer (8 Articles)
Michael graduated from Campbell Law School in 2013 and from North Carolina State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in Business Management. Michael served as the Attorney General for the Student Bar Association. While at Campbell Law, he worked at the North Carolina Supreme Court as an intern for Justice Paul Newby, at the North Carolina General Assembly as an intern for Representative David Lewis, and as a Webster’s Scholar performing research for Professor Pat Hetrick. Michael was the 2013 recipient of the J. Bryan Boyd Award.
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Unconstitutional Dog-Sniffs – Man’s Best Frenemy

October 16, 2012

“Working like a dog.”  This is a phrase I have never quite understood.  My dog has never worked a day in his life, and until there is a high demand for butt-sniffing, then I doubt he ever will.  However, not all dogs are lazy bums.  Indeed, canine units have been integrated into nearly ...[Continue Reading]

The Racial Injustice Act

August 13, 2012

Have you ever heard of Marcus Reymond Robinson?  He is the man who was convicted of kidnapping 17-year-old high-school student Erik Tornblom and shooting him in the face with a sawed-off shotgun during a robbery that netted a grand total of $27.  In 1994, Robinson was sentenced to death in ...[Continue Reading]

D’oh! Fracking Gets the Green Light?

July 16, 2012

On July 3, 2012, the North Carolina legislature adjourned sine die – with no appointed date for resumption – bringing the two-year legislative session to an end.  State lawmakers passed significant legislation affecting everything from municipal annexations to allowing table games at ...[Continue Reading]

You Are Entering the Exception Zone

June 18, 2012

Meet Emily Herx – an English teacher at a parochial school.   Emily is a happily married, ambitious young woman who wants nothing more than to start a family.  Emily suffers from a diagnosed medical condition that causes infertility.  Last June she began in vitro fertilization (IVF) ...[Continue Reading]

The Thirteenth Juror: The “CSI Effect”

May 26, 2012

We have heard it repeatedly: “A criminal defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”  There is no doubt this is a high standard; indeed, the highest standard our judicial system has to offer, and rightfully so.  As Justice William Blackstone judiciously declared, ...[Continue Reading]

Objection, Hearsay :(

April 17, 2012

As lawyers (or aspiring lawyers) we pride ourselves on our ability to interpret language or the intended meaning behind various assertions.  Let’s put this skill to a little test. Consider the following two text messages from John: 1) “I don’t know if Bubba will be able to make it to the a ...[Continue Reading]