Crime

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    N.C. Supreme Court splits on issue of defendant who brings multiple guns to school

    In a 5-2 ruling, the N.C. Supreme Court has determined that a man who illegally brought five guns onto a school campus could not be convicted of five separate gun offenses. The decision stems from a 2015 incident in Macon County. Defendant Adam Conley brought the guns and two…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online about the COVID-19 shutdown’s impact on those who cut hair and perform manicures. John Trump’s Daily Journal urges N.C. leaders to loosen restrictions on buying liquor.
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the federal CARES Act’s impact on local school district flexibility. The Daily Journal examines the Wake County sheriff’s promise of “kind,” “polite” enforcement of the county’s stay-at-home order.
    Mitch Kokai, March 31, 2020
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    Early Release Is Not Prison System’s Answer To Coronavirus

    A group of criminal justice reform researchers and advocates have sent letters to the governor and the commissioner of prisons requesting that the state take steps to minimize the likelihood of a Coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina’s correctional institutions. The recommendations included: commuting sentences for older and vulnerable citizens with compromised…
    Brenee Goforth, March 26, 2020
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    International Criminal Court targets U.S.

    David Davenport writes for the Washington Examiner about disturbing developments from the International Criminal Court. Since its creation in 1998, many have understood the International Criminal Court to be a way for those in the world who oppose but cannot match America’s military power to attack it legally…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the governor’s decision to close all N.C. schools for two weeks. Brooke Conrad reports on Sunshine Week and government attempts to hide information. John Hood’s Daily Journal reminds us that believing rumors can be dangerous.
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2020
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    The danger of progressive prosecutors

    Andrew McCarthy explains in Commentary magazine how left-of-center district attorneys can harm the criminal justice system. The key to understanding the Machiavellian brilliance of the Progressive Prosecutor Project is this: As a matter of constitutional law, no legislature or court has the power to order a prosecutor to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    If not for Carolina Journal’s reporting, few people would have learned that the N.C. Department of Transportation had purchased a former circus train and parked its cars in a wooded area of Nash County. Rick Henderson discusses that story for the next Carolina Journal Radio. Henderson also…
    Mitch Kokai, March 6, 2020