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.
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.
The above-posed headline in today's blog post is essentially rhetorical, given that our readers most assuredly know the answer to the question.
While health reform moves such as the Affordable Care Act have increased health care accessibility for Americans, it is still very possible for folks in Charlotte and other cities to slip through the cracks. Mentally ill people are especially vulnerable; for example, they may forget to renew health insurance or to even sign up for it in the first place. They may also skip payments or lose jobs that carry insurance, thus compromising their access. If someone you love has a mental illness, you may know all too well about self-medication and other reasons they could have become addicted.
Criminal sentencing and mandatory minimums have received massive attention from the media in recent years. From the atrocities being committed in the Philippines to the vacating of sentences issued for minor drug offenses in the United States, the way drug offenses are being viewed across the globe is rapidly changing. Every case is different and some cases are tragic.
Although today's post tangentially touches upon the recent fatal police shooting and connected aftermath in Charlotte that is currently commanding widespread national attention, it is more acutely focused on a peripheral subject that has progressively garnered increased attention across the country in recent years.