To some readers, the following story of a police stop and subsequent drug bust last week might be eminently straightforward and unproblematic in any way.
Placing too much emphasis on a prison-before-all-other-alternatives sentencing philosophy adversely affects "smart policing tactics," states a letter recently penned by a national group of law enforcers.
A United States Supreme Court judge issued some stern words last week in a case she was on the losing end of, with her comments in a 5-3 decision being termed a "fiery dissent" by a CNN article discussing the case.
In previous years, and certainly during the Nixon and Reagan presidential administrations, the imploring nature and tone of one North Carolina police official's utterances on outcomes in some drug cases would likely have been seen as aberrational and soft on crime.
A professional football player says that he recently had the chance to personally convey to President Obama "a couple points my momma wanted me to say to him." What he imparted spotlights criminal law reform in an instructive manner, and we pass along the details of his story -- centrally, his mother's -- for the consideration of our readers in North Carolina and elsewhere.
In the wee morning hours this past Saturday, one Charlotte locale became the venue for a most pronounced police presence.
We'll just curb the suspense regarding any speculation that the above-posed headline might engender and get straight to the point: What law enforcement investigators and officials in North Carolina and everywhere else across the United States hope for in any given case is the meek and continuing acquiescence to questioning of any person they have detained and are interrogating -- without that individual's request for a criminal defense attorney.
Let's talk Miranda today.
Should any of our readers in North Carolina or elsewhere care much about the current Apple-versus-government legal snafu that is playing out regarding the latter's demand that Apple engineers unlock a single smartphone so that investigators can track the phone's history?
Today's blog entry focuses upon a recent drug raid of massive proportions that was conducted in Charlotte under the auspices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Agents of the FBI worked in tandem with North Carolina state troopers and officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in an operation that resulted in more than 20 people being arrested on various drug offenses.