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December 2018 Archives

Sheriff's deputy on leave after tackling girls recording arrest

A Harnett County sheriff's deputy is on administrative leave and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has gotten involved after an incident caught on cellphone video earlier this month. The video shows two deputies tackling a teenager who was recording an arrest and then the girl's sister who was recording the officers wrestling her sibling to the ground.

How does the exclusionary rule apply to your rights?

The framers of the U.S. Constitution were smart men. They realized that individuals needed as much protection from the government as possible without putting other people in jeopardy or infringing on other people's rights. This includes the Fourth Amendment, which protects you from unlawful searches and seizures.

Could North Carolina marijuana laws vary by locality next year?

Laws regarding marijuana use for medicinal and recreational purposes vary significantly among states. North Carolina is certainly not at the forefront of marijuana legalization. Currently, medical marijuana is legal only for people diagnosed with epilepsy, and then with a number of restrictions.

Student faces charges after campus protest over Civil War statue

The debate around whether Confederate statues belong in public spaces in the 21st century is an emotionally charged one here in North Carolina and other southern states — with strong feelings on both sides.

Why shoplifting charges need to be taken seriously

A shoplifting arrest can ruin the holiday season. Unfortunately, it happens. Sometimes people, distracted by all they have to do, accidentally leave or begin to leave a store while in possession of merchandise they haven't paid for. Other times, the temptation to take a little something you really need or want is too much to resist.

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