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June 2012 Archives

Sandusky Convicted Of Sex Offenses, Plans Appeal

Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky insists that he is innocent despite a jury finding him guilty on 45 of 48 counts of sex offenses against 10 boys over the course of 15 years. Sixty-eight-year-old Sandusky is now in jail, awaiting sentencing. He was placed on suicide watch and held away from other prisoners while awaiting a psychological review.

No More Mandatory Life Without Parole For People Under Age 18

Anyone under the age of 18, whether tried as a juvenile or adult, who is convicted of murder can no longer be sentenced to life without parole without consideration being given to his or her age and the nature of the crime. The Supreme Court recently held, in Miller v. Alabama, that mandatory life sentences without parole for juvenile offenders violate the 8th Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

Assistant Principal, Two Teachers Arrested For NC Sex Offenses

A former assistant principal with the Randolph County Schools, an elementary teacher in Hildebran and an Onslow County band teacher have all be arrested recently on unrelated sex offense charges involving minors.

Wrong-Way Allegedly Drunk I-440 Driver Charged With Felony, DWI

Twenty-three-year-old Sarah Aimee Carden is facing several felony charges after she was stopped for driving while impaired on the I-440 beltline. She was driving the wrong way on the beltline, causing a crash that killed one, injured another and closed the interstate for four hours.

Facebook For Sex Offenders? Not In North Carolina

In 2007, Kimberly Watkins of Fayetteville was convicted on several charges of child sex crimes. She was recently arrested for having a Facebook account, a violation of a 2008 North Carolina law that prohibits registered sex offenders from using the majority of online social media sites.

Arrested for DWI During The Click It Or Ticket Campaign?

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently announced that over 10,000 tickets were handed out between May 21 and June 3 during the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Click It or Ticket is aimed at catching drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt, a violation of North Carolina traffic law.

Zimmerman Back In Jail, Wife Arrested For Perjury

George Zimmerman is currently facing criminal charges of second-degree murder relating to the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated Florida community earlier this year. We've previously discussed self defense and North Carolina's Stand Your Ground Law on this blog before; with this post we'd like to focus on the reason Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, is now facing perjury charges.

Raleigh Judge And DWI Attorney Investigated BY SBI For Wrongdoing

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating former Wake County Judge Kristin Ruth, Raleigh DWI defense attorney James Crouch and two of his legal assistants in connection with at least a dozen DWI cases that were allegedly mishandled. Judge Ruth stepped down from the bench a month ago after 13 years of service but denies knowingly taking part in the bad acts under investigation.

Convicted Sex Offender's Sentence Dropped From 25 To 5 Years

An error at trial lead to an appeal and new trial for 56-year-old Robert Gray of Kings Mountain. Originally convicted of first degree sexual offense of a minor and indecent liberties with a minor, Gray was facing over 25 years in prison.

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