In our last blog post, we discussed the use of satellite-based monitoring of sex offenders. The practice, which allows sex offenders to be tracked through GPS ankle bracelets, has come under fire for its flawed approach. Not only is monitoring intrusive, but it also does not prevent further sex offenses from being committed. Today, we will continue to discuss satellite-based monitoring of sex offenders by looking at a recent case decided by the North Carolina Supreme Court.
In 2006, North Carolina's legislature approved satellite-based monitoring of sex offenders. The monitoring was touted as a means of protecting the public after convicted sex offenders were released from prison. The law was called "An Act to Protect North Carolina's Children/Sex Offender Law Changes." At the time, many states were enacting similar sex offender legislation after receiving funds for pilot programs from the federal Adam Walsh Act.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals has overturned several charges against a 46-year-old Charlotte woman accused of causing a man's death after driving while intoxicated. The court ordered a new trial for the woman.
Oftentimes, when people think about sex offenders they envision middle-age men lurking around schools and playgrounds. However, this stereotype is wholly inaccurate, as evidenced by two arrests on sex offense charges in North Carolina this week.
Murder charges have traditionally been reserved for violent crimes. However, this is slowly changing in North Carolina. When individuals driving under the influence cause a fatal crash, prosecutors are beginning to charge DWI suspects with second-degree murder.
Ignition interlock devices are often placed on the vehicles of those who have been convicted of driving under the influence. The devices are installed in cars and require the driver to blow into it before the car will start. The ignition interlock device serves as a breathalyzer which the driver must pass before driving the vehicle.
Popular Pennsylvania rapper Wiz Khalifa, 22, was arrested early this morning following a performance in Greenville at East Carolina University. Khalifa, who was born Cameron Thomaz, was taken into custody for drug charges after police officers searched the rapper's tour bus.
An ongoing investigation by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) of a drug and prostitution ring resulted in a bust yesterday. As of right now, five suspects are facing felony drug charges stemming from the bust.
It was not a good weekend for Randy Wolfe. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Wolfe, a candidate for the North Carolina House, was charged with driving while intoxicated twice this weekend.