Archive for February 2014

Wake County Elections Watch: Final Tally

The filing period for local elections closed Friday, February 28 at 12:00 PM. The key races I’ve been watching are the Wake County District Attorney race, the Wake County Clerk Race, and various local Superior Court and District Court races. These races will probably have more direct impact on Wake County voters lives than various…

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Wake County Elections Watch: Candidate Filings

Candidates who have filed with the relevant Board of Elections as of 9:00 am, Friday, February 28, 2014: Wake County District Attorney Jefferson Griffin – Republican Jeff Cruden – Republican T. Allen Swaim – Republican John Walter Bryant – Republican Lorrin Freeman – Democrat Benjamin Oren Zellinger – Democrat Wake County Clerk of Court Jennifer…

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Wake County District Attorney Watch: Allen Swaim

Allen Swaim, a Wendell lawyer, has set up his Facebook Page and launched his and has announced a kick-off party at Cooper’s BBQ on Monday. He is running as a Republican candidate in the May primary. Jefferson Griffin and Jeff Cruden, both felony assistant district attorneys, filed last week. Swaim’s Facebook page indicates he is…

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Michael Dunn: Guilty of Attempted Second Degree Murder

Michael Dunn, 45, was found guilty by a Duval County (Jacksonville, Florida) jury of three counts of attempted second degree murder of three teenage boys and one count of shooting into an occupied car. The jury was hung on the first degree murder charge with respect to Jordan Davis, who would’ve turned 19 today had…

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Wake County Elections Watch: Filing Period Begins

The filing period for candidates begins today at noon and ends on February 28 at noon. Wake County District Attorney candidates file with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Wake County local elections, including Clerk of Court and local judicial races, file with the Wake County Board of Elections. Democrats who have announced their…

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News & Observers Ongoing Crusade Against DWIs

Anne Blythe, a crime and justice reporter at the News & Observer, has a thousand-word article on increased enforcement and DWI checkpoints in Raleigh. In those roughly 30 paragraphs, never once does she quote a defense lawyer. In fact, the only person quoted in the entire article is Lt. Tim Tomczak, a Raleigh police officer…

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DWI Checkpoints: Must have a Written Policy

On September 11, 2009, 32-year-old Gary Anthony White was driving south on High Street in Polkton, North Carolina, a town in Anson County, about forty miles southeast of Charlotte. Named after its founder Leonidas L. Polk, a farmer, North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, and distant relative of President James K. Polk, Polkton has just 3,400…

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Same Location, Bigger Offices: The Chetson Firm

We’ve got the same address: 19 W. Hargett St., Suite 508, Raleigh, NC 27601. But we’ve moved down the hall to larger offices that feature a waiting area, additional office space. In addition, next door is a general purpose, well appointed conference room where we typically meet with clients. We’ve also improved our internet network…

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Man who threatened Mayor McFarlane Better have a Rich Uncle

Judge Keith Gregory refused to lower the bond in a case involving alleged threats made against Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. Alec Dane Redner, a 27-year-old Wake County resident, was arrested in January on charges of communicating threats, a class 1 misdemeanor in North Carolina, and with threatening an executive officer, a class I felony. According…

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U.S. prison population is larger than any other country

There’s still one thing that America excels at: putting human beings in cages. Thanks to a dug war that knows no bounds, and very harsh-on-crime politics in which each party attempts to see who can be more punitive, the U.S imprisons a larger proportion and a larger absolute number of people an any other country…

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