Crime (page 45)

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    In case you missed it …

    WTVD asked the John Locke Foundation to respond to a death row inmate’s bizarre letter to the Gaston Gazette.
    Mitch Kokai, January 25, 2012
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    Why waging war on meth via pseudoephedrine is stupid, pointless, and dangerous

    The state is congratulating itself on its new pseudoephedrine tracking system that took effect this year. Why, it was working even before it began! And the measure of its effectiveness is that people have been prevented from purchasing pseudoephedrine products. It goes without question that all those turned away were planning to use the stuff, often used to alleviate cold and allergies in a state known for its many allergy seasons, in their meth labs. So in just the law's first 11 days, 1,600 meth-heads were cured, because if they can't buy pseudoephedrine at the local grocery store, then they can't make meth. Or so the assumption goes. Laws waging a proxy war against the meth trade haven't worked. All they have done instead is Put cold and allergy sufferers under criminal suspicion Make it much more difficult for them to alleviate their symptoms Further enrich Mexican narcotics labs Push meth users into new and ever more dangerous manners of producing meth
    Jon Sanders, January 23, 2012
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    N&O editorial revised (you’re welcome)

    Note: As a courtesy, I revised the December 10, 2011 editorial for N&O editors.  The editorial is revised to reflect news that the Democrats on the Wake County school board agree with Republicans that protesters should answer for their alleged criminal behavior at trial, not remediation. Editorial: That’ll…
    Terry Stoops, January 19, 2012
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    New at CJO: Wake school board rejects offer for Jim Black’s property

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about the Wake County school board’s vote to reject an offer from the town of Matthews to buy land tied to disgraced former N.C. House Speaker Jim Black.
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2012
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    Compromise on Racial Justice Act?

    It appears from recent reports that the House may look to find a compromise on the Racial Justice Act (RJA). The current bill (SB 9), which Governor Perdue vetoed, would take out much of the RJA language, but still would allow defendants to challenge a death sentence…
    Daren Bakst, January 5, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about an IRS audit that appears to target University of North Carolina profit centers, John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the ongoing debate about the death penalty’s future.
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2012
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    Faulty Analogy: Racial Justice Act and Employment Discrimination Cases

    A common argument by proponents of the Racial Justice Act is statistical evidence is used in employment and housing discrimination cases, so why not for death penalty cases? Using employment discrimination cases as a comparison: It is true that intentional discrimination isn’t required under the law.  There’s something called…
    Daren Bakst, December 29, 2011
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    DA Letter Criticizes Perdue and Captures Problems with the Racial Justice Act

    Rick Shaffer, who is a Democratic district attorney, resigned from Governor Perdue’s Crime Commission.  His resignation is based on the Governor’s veto of the bill (SB 9) that would have effectively repealed the Racial Justice Act. The letter is very illuminating. Regarding whether the Racial Justice Act…
    Daren Bakst, December 21, 2011