Sep 03, 2008 (The Durham Herald-Sun)
Sep. 3--DURHAM -- North Carolina's Court of Appeals has dismissed all charges against a man serving at least 44 years in prison in connection with a Durham home invasion, and one Durham judge plans to examine criminal case backlogs to avoid a repeat.
"There are probably other examples," said Orlando Hudson, Durham's senior resident Superior Court Judge.
"North Carolina is one of those states that has paid lip service to defendants' rights to a speedy trial, but this case is an exception, it looks like, and it might be the start of a new trend. You never know, it may take several other cases for us to see what they mean," he said of the Appeals Court's blistering ruling.