In one of our previous blog posts, we discussed the controversy surrounding North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) crime lab. The state laboratory came under fire last month after a long-time SBI chemist testified that the SBI lab would sometimes only analyze the physical characteristics of the drug in identification rather than performing chemical analysis. The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the visual inspection of drugs was not sufficiently reliable in North Carolina drug charge cases.
North Carolina's drug treatment court advisory committee has once again voted to not allow the state's drug treatment courts to use alcohol-monitoring bracelets. The panel first imposed the ban on alcohol-monitoring bracelets in 2007. Last week, the panel's members voted again and decided to keep the ban in place.
As we deal with the hardships of the current economic downturn, many of us are faced with mounting stress and worry about our jobs, families and finances. Some family members can even turn against each other during difficult times. Good people can get pushed over the edge, causing them to act in ways they do not intend. As our economy has weakened, the incidence of domestic violence has increased.
A sex offender was living in his car in the parking lot of the Walmart located on Sigmon Road in Wilmington.
Three defendants accused of trafficking 230 pounds of marijuana pleaded guilty last week. One other defendant allegedly involved in the drug trafficking has not yet gone to trial.
In the last blog post, we discussed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). All states were ordered to adopt a new sex offender registry system that includes juvenile offenders by July 2011. Iowa has already moved towards compliance with the federally mandated system and is known for its strict registry laws.
Under federal law, a 14-year-old boy who has consensual sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl can be branded for life as a sex offender.
A former Durham teacher's aide pleaded guilty to sex charges yesterday. She was set to go to trial this month for engaging in sexual activity with a student, kidnapping and indecent liberties.
Former North Carolina lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings was recently exonerated of his felony conviction on fraud charges and released from federal prison. According to the Charlotte Observer, Geddings' fraud conviction was vacated on Friday, and the government was ordered to repay his $25,000 fine.