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Editor: Kevin Cole
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Friday, August 12, 2005

NC Makes Concealing Death a Crime

From The Dispatch:  "The General Assembly gave final approval Thursday to a bill that would make it a crime to conceal a person's death.  The measure, approved unanimously by the Senate, makes it a felony to conceal a death, fail to notify law enforcement of a death or secretly dispose of a body. Someone who assists with the act is guilty of a misdemeanor.  The bill, which already passed the House, now goes to Gov. Mike Easley for his signature. The sponsor, Rep. Jean Preston, R-Carteret, said she sponsored the measure at the request of her county sheriff.  The body of a person who died of a drug overdose was buried in the woods because the people in whose company he died were afraid of getting in trouble. The sheriff said he was unable to charge the people because there was no law against simply concealing a death, Preston said."  [Mark Godsey]

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