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Next stop for North Carolina offender's case: U.S. Supreme Court

Lester Gerard Packingham simply wanted to express his joy and thanks online back in 2010 for his dismissal of a traffic ticket. Most certainly, he never expected his Facebook post to end up as the focal point of a case to be initially considered by the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

Here's why it did.

Continuing focus on -- and challenges to -- NC's sex registry law

One topic that retains high-profile interest among the general public in many states is restrictions on sex offenders following their convictions and criminal sentencing outcomes.

Unquestionably, North Carolina is one of those states, with many convicted offenders remaining under a harsh spotlight for years (sometimes a lifetime), even after their release from incarceration.

Don't let a DWI/DUI charge make your Super Bowl super bad

You know what next Sunday is, right?

If nothing comes immediately to mind to jog your memory, just think of all-day-long analysis on football strategy delivered by scores of ex-jocks now in suits, leading up to the moment of kickoff in what is America's biggest sports day of the year.

Last day busy for President Obama from commutation perspective

It's pretty clear that just-exited President Barack Obama wants his legacy to contain more than a footnote regarding one discrete subject that he clearly takes an interest in.

Namely, that is use of the presidential pardon/commutation prerogative that chief executives have historically exercised -- or notably refrained from invoking -- to materially adjust criminal sentencing outcomes in select cases.

Pornography case spotlights link between Best Buy and the FBI

It is certainly well understood by most people that going online to view or download illegal pornography is a high-risk activity. The potential consequences of that can be flatly draconian for an individual in North Carolina or elsewhere whose computer is seized by criminal authorities.

Child pornography is the focal point of state, federal and global efforts undertaken by task forces intent on identifying and prosecuting illegal activity, with media accounts routinely revealing the sophisticated techniques employed by law enforcers and the vast amount of resources allocated for their efforts.

How long does someone have to report an alleged rape?

In North Carolina, as well as in 15 other states, felonies have no statute of limitations, meaning that someone can report a rape that he or she says occurred decades ago. By and large, this lack of restriction is friendly to victims and can be a good thing.

College sex assault guidelines prominently called into question

Here's a question that is sure to elicit passionate arguments across a wide spectrum of opinions among people paying close attention to the handling of sex-based complaints on American college campuses: Is guidance issued to campus officials regarding procedures to follow when investigating alleged instances of rape and other criminal sexual conduct fair or decidedly stacked against those who are accused?

The answer to that question is heavily determinant upon who is being asked for a response.

Judges: criminal sentencing must be tempered by equity

If you became aware as a college student that a visitor walked inside a campus building and unlawfully extracted $44 worth of quarters from a vending machine, you'd think that such person would merit a bit of punishment, right?

How does 12 years in a state penitentiary sound?

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