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Take Our Poll: Did Brock Turner Get Off Easy?

You can distill the essential contours of the Brock Turner case as follows:

  1. Boy and girl consume alcohol at party
  2. Boy escorts highly inebriated girl out of said party
  3. Boy takes sexual advantage of girl, who is now unconscious, without her consent

Admittedly, this scenario aligns with the victim's perspective. It doesn't take into account Turner's claim that he was just as inebriated and didn't know what he was doing, and in fact, as Turner asserted, everything was consensual to boot.

But, given that the jury ultimately found him guilty, the above scenario fits.

Federal jury finds gangleader guilty of kidnapping

In April 2014, a man convicted of an attempted murder in 2012 orchestrated a kidnapping. The target was the father of the prosecutor who sent him to prison for life for that attempted murder.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the man used cellphones that were smuggled into the Butner Correctional Center to tell gang members what to do during the kidnapping. The FBI intercepted a phone call five days later and found out that the gang members were told to kill the prosecutor's father. A hostage recovery team with the FBI raided the Atlanta apartment and recused the man.

38-year-old man arrested for sex offense with 12-year-old girl

An arrest warrant for a 38-year-old man from Raleigh accuses him of two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of first-degree sex offense with a child.

The alleged victim was 12 years old during the first half of 2015 when the crimes allegedly occurred. She was 13 when the crimes were reported to have occurred over the Christmas holidays last year. The man has been arrested and is currently being held on a bond of $1 million.

$900,000 bond for man accused of child sex crime charges

A man from Raleigh is being held on 900,000 bail on charges of child sex crimes. The 59-year-old man was charged by Raleigh Police Department detectives who handle crimes against children.

The alleged crimes occurred last year through the middle of April of this year. The charges are taking indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense with a child under 15 years old. These two charges are for one alleged victim.

Roberts Law Group in a Race for the Cure

"We rely on our sponsors and team captains and those who join teams to make a difference."

- Leigh Johnson, Director of Corporate Relations for the North Carolina Triangle to the Coast affiliate

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On June 11, Patrick Roberts will lead his law firm as team captain in a Race for the Cure to fight breast cancer. Mr. Roberts, who founded Roberts Law Group in 2007, has supported Race for the Cure for three years running.

Take Our Poll: How Tough Should We Be on the Fracking Industry in North Carolina?

Federal agents arrest multiple people for drug, money laundering

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and U.S. deputy marshals made several arrests on a recent Tuesday. The arrests were made at five different locations, including homes in Cary and Durham, North Carolina. The arrests came after an indictment was issued naming eight people for their roles in laundering drug money made from dealing marijuana and cocaine.

A battering ram was used to gain entry into a townhouse in Cary where the arrest of a 25-year-old man was made. Others arrested were ages 24, 30 and 48. Another two men, ages 33 and 46, were arrested in April, with the 46-year-old being picked up in California. He has since been extradited to North Carolina. Another man, whose age is unknown, was also arrested in California and was ordered to wear a GPS anklet so authorities could track him. Two of the men have been accused of being involved in cocaine activity in a case filed before this one.

Sentencing in more than $1 million drug case delayed

Last December, a Pinehurst, North Carolina, businessman pleaded guilty to possession of more than 220 pounds of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. We talked about this case on our blog the end of April. The plea agreement, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman, will remain sealed until the judge accepts it.

The man's sentencing hearing has been rescheduled again, and this time, it's set for Aug. 15. There was no reason given other than it was due to "the discretion of the court."

North Carolina's Transgender Bathroom Bill

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Despite the fact that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" has constantly been in the news lately, many people continue to have questions about this particular legislation.

For instance, while most people are aware that this bill bans individuals from using public restrooms that don't match the sex listed on their birth certificates - a condition some feel is discriminatory against the transgender community - many have not read the bill's actual text, meaning there is still some confusion surrounding the specifics of this legislation.

North Carolina's Transgender Bathroom Bill [POLL]

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