Let’s say you’re an ordinary citizen and you trespass on someone’s property. You come back the next day anyway. You get arrested again, and this time you’re charged with contempt. Wait – what’s that? You’re the Rev. William Barber? Never mind. Please, come inside. The legal situation surrounding weekly protests at the Legislative Building in […]
“The Devil is in the details” should be the theme of the Legislative Research Commission’s Age of Juvenile Offender Committee. This committee is meeting to discuss what to do about last year’s “Raise the Age” bill. HB632/S506 was proposed in 2011, and would allow 16- and 17-year-old offenders charged with misdemeanors to be placed into […]
The closing arguments in North Carolina’s initial Racial Justice Act (RJA) concluded a few weeks ago in Fayetteville, and the public will be waiting for another one or two months for the ruling. Under the RJA, convicted murderers can appeal their sentence under the guise that race played a factor in their sentences. Curiously, appeals […]
College Students are often thought of as two things: eager and broke – and a far-left extremist campaigning organization bases its whole process on this notion. Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. (GCI), a third-party progressive organization, is hired by the likes of MoveOn, Greenpeace and other leftist groups to do their bidding. Young, perhaps well-intentioned liberals are […]
In 2009, the NC General Assembly passed S.L. 2009-464, also known as the Racial Justice Act. The law provided that in capital cases defendants could use statistical evidence to prove racial bias in their case. If racial discrimination was ruled a factor in the defendant’s sentencing, the defendant’s sentence was then reduced to life without […]
While much is written on the murderers and their allies who are using North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act (RJA) to try and get themselves off of death row, we seldom hear about the victims. Here’s one. The first victim of the RJA was Erik Tornblom, a 17-year-old from Fayetteville. In 1991, the high school senior […]
Juvenile Age to 18 (HB 632/SB 506), otherwise known as “Raise the Age,” seeks to modify the criminal court system by allowing minors (under age 18) charged with most misdemeanors to be tried in juvenile court. More serious felony charges committed by 16-17 year olds, on the other hand, would remain in adult court with […]
On Monday evening, the North Carolina Senate sent a bill that would reverse prior legislation making capital punishment virtually impossible to Gov. Bev Perdue’s desk. Perdue’s office has not yet commented on whether or not she will veto the bill. Senate Bill 9, “No Discriminatory Purpose in Death Penalty”, would eliminate the use of statistical […]
The “Occupy” movement has steadily encompassed major metropolitan areas across the nation as discontent spreads among Americans who have faced hardships in this harsh economic climate. Protesters have gathered here in Raleigh on the Capitol Grounds carrying signs and camping out to protest what they see as too much “corporate influence over our elections and […]
The General Assembly worked tirelessly throughout the 2011 legislative session to push through hundreds of bills aimed at dismantling the old liberal guard. In the area of tort reform, several significant legislative improvements were offered with bi-partisan support. Two of the bills, HB 542, “Tort Reform for Citizens and Business” and HB 709, “Protect and […]
The recent shooting spree against U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords of Arizona shocked the political world, a world already riddled with very little compromise and reliable uncertainty. Giffords has been heralded as a positive advocate for her constituents, a fighter who narrowly wins her district in a conservative-leaning state. When Giffords was shot in the head by a shooter described by both Republicans and Democrats as characteristically "unstable," she was participating in what many news reports detailed as Giffords doing what she loved best, which is communicating with the public in a town hall style meeting.
Passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2009, the “Racial Justice Act” inserted language into the law that removed the proverbial blindfold from the eyes of Lady Justice, and was only the second state in the union to do so. North Carolina now allows the use of statistical evidence – such as reviewing trends in 16,000 first-degree murder cases prosecuted in the state over the past 20 years – rather than testimony and fact.