Attorney Chris Connelly was honored to represent Douglas Ponischil in this marijuana felony case and secure a dismissal. Mr. Ponischil is a 94 yo WWII combat veteran who survived a U Boat attack that left him in the dangerous waters of the Caribbean for several days until rescue.
Some negative commentary has been made about the Shelby Police Department's decision to buy a Burger King meal for Roof after his arrest. However, first of all, people in custody HAVE TO BE FED! Regardless the crime, police can not starve a prisoner. Secondly, buying a meal for a prisoner is a valuable law enforcement tool for extracting a confession. The scared & bewildered arrestee now sees the officer as his provider and is much more likely to take them into their confidence and give them a confession. If the $10 BK meal was the leverage to get a confession and seal up this case, it was money well spent.
For Domestic Violence offenses committed on or after December 1, 2015, a defendant in a dating relationship is now subject to possible 48 hour hold and the requirement that a judge (not a magistrate) set the bond. A dating relationship is defined under NCGS Chapter 50B "as one wherein the parties are romantically involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship. A casual acquaintance or ordinary fraternization between persons in a business or social context is not a dating relationship."
Say that you're a nice person -- we assume most of our readers are -- and that you easily qualify for the title of "good citizen" that most of your friends would readily bestow upon you.
We noted in our immediately preceding blog post the eye-popping news that "about one-quarter of all the world's prisoners are presently locked up inside the United States" (please see our June 2 entry).
As an observant North Carolina resident who seeks to keep reasonably informed on most matters, you're probably disinclined to immediately offer up a conservative guess as to the above-cited headline question, right?