Crime (page 7)

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    Raising a red flag about red-flag laws, volume 2

    Donald Kilmer writes for the Washington Examiner about concerns surrounding red-flag gun laws. They’re all meant to disarm dangerous people — but they’re all fundamentally flawed. None of these red flag laws would have prevented recent mass shootings. And in my 23 years practicing law in the heart…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina state government ended the last budget year with a revenue surplus of almost $900 million. That’s more than $200 million more than officials had expected just three months ago. Joseph Coletti analyzes the surplus in the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Brenee Goforth discusses…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2019
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    Is “Shooting the Bird” Evidence of Disorderly Conduct?

    A recent decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals suggests that it is. However, UNC School of Government Professor Jeff Welty has his doubts: Last week … a divided panel of the court of appeals held that a trooper properly stopped a vehicle “after witnessing…
    Jon Guze, August 15, 2019
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    Biden’s past comes back to bite him: Tough-on-crime edition

    Alana Goodman of the Washington Examiner highlights another piece of Joe Biden’s past that could threaten his status as Democratic Party presidential front-runner. Joe Biden claimed in a 1976 speech that the role of the criminal justice system was to punish rather than rehabilitate criminals, arguing that “you…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2019
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    Faster federal death penalty pursued

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon reports interesting developments linked to the federal government’s use of capital punishment. The Trump administration is pushing for legislation that would accelerate certain federal death penalty cases. The new legislation is expected around Labor Day, according to Attorney General William…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2019
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    Biden wrong on banning assault weapons

    Robert VerBruggen of National Review Online questions Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s latest claim involving assault weapons. Presidential candidate Joe Biden writes: “Many police departments have reported an increase in criminals using assault weapons since 2004. And multiple analyses of the data around mass shootings provide evidence that,…
    Mitch Kokai, August 14, 2019
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    It’s Time to Reform the N.C. Criminal Code

    This week, JLF’s Mike Schietzelt reported in a research brief on the state of North Carolina’s criminal code. Schietzelt puts forward an ordinance from Lillington, N.C. as an example of the overcomplexity and disorganization of criminal laws in the state. Lillington Ordinance 90.26 reads: 90.26 POSSESSION OF ANIMALS AND STRAYS.
    Brenee Goforth, August 14, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Roy Cooper’s gun-related executive order. The Daily Journal highlights a recent court ruling that exposes a key problem with North Carolina’s certificate-of-need law.
    Mitch Kokai, August 13, 2019