A recent news story prominently featuring the North Carolina SBI might logically usher forth this question for many of our readers in Mecklenburg County and elsewhere across the state: What is it?
What North Carolina criminal authorities deem as the most serious drug offenses -- things like trafficking in heroin, cocaine or opium -- are termed as Class G drug felonies.
The revised thinking regarding criminal sentencing of many inmates across the country that is now being realized in a broadly bipartisan way on Capitol Hill is beginning to yield practical and real-world effects in some states.
Truly, what gives here?
Regular readers of our North Carolina blog know that state criminal authorities do not take a soft or compromising stance toward individuals who stand before them charged with drug crimes.
If you just happen to have a strong interest in seeing a beefed-up police presence at public activities, coupled with strong investigatory zeal aimed at making mass arrests, then you wouldn't have wanted to miss the Phish concert in Raleigh last month.
Question: How much time, effort and money will North Carolina law enforcement authorities willingly expend on covert surveillance of a state resident and ultimately charging that individual on a single criminal count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana?
Presidents are busy people, of course, with President Barack Obama underscoring that fact in a big way last week.
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.
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.