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.
How many people languishing in jails and prisons in North Carolina and nationally are innocent of the crimes they were charged with?
For any of our readers who have ever wondered how focused North Carolina criminal authorities are on systematically identifying and controlling various types of drugs, the state's Controlled Substances Reporting System might be instructive.
As has been widely noted in the media over the past year-plus, a growing national discontent has prominently surfaced regarding long-time American criminal law policies. A legion of critics spanning virtually the entire political spectrum has consistently weighed in with viewpoints that disparage various aspects of the criminal justice system on both the federal and state levels.
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?