If former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and current AG Jeff Sessions met at a party and were searching for the often-termed "ice breaker" topic to establish a bit of common ground, they'd likely cross mandatory minimum sentencing of the list of potential discussion topics -- and fast.
Talk about having an impact on your job.
The details that have publicly emerged thus far in connection with a recent drug bust north of Charlotte in Rowan County largely stress the comparatively large scale of criminal operations and the many people apprehended.
From the recorded exchange that recently took place between a Wilmington police officer and a North Carolina resident he stopped for allegedly being involved in an illicit drug-related transaction, two things quickly emerged as patently clear.
If you are stopped for driving under the influence and the law enforcement officer performs a field sobriety test and you fail, it is highly likely you will be arrested on the spot. In North Carolina, if you are 21 years or older and your blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent or above, you are legally impaired. If you are under 21 years of age and have any alcohol in your bloodstream, then you are legally impaired and should not be driving as the state has a no tolerance policy in place for underage drinking.
There it is, in black and white and stated in terms that could hardly be more unequivocal and uncompromising: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial."
Similar crime, similar fact pattern, similar sentence?
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.
Gale Griffin has long had a strong attraction for baking soda.
Seizure and arrest.