Archive for April 2014

Wake County District Attorney Campaign Finance Filings

Fundraising numbers are in for the first quarter (and election cycle thus far) in the Wake County District Attorney’s race. Fundraising signifies three things. First, total income represents total resources to fight a campaign. The bottom line number of amount raised helps to see just how much a campaign has spent or has to spend.…

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Bar Election: Winners and Losers

Who are the big winner’s in today’s bar election to fill the opening left by Ned Mangum’s appointment: David Snipes Matt Lively “Woofer” Davidian Chris Dozier These four Republicans were nominated by the bar to serve the rest of Mangum’s term. Seth Blum was nominated, but he is a Democrat and stands no chance of…

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What is An Assault on a Female Charge in North Carolina?

North Carolina has a number of different classifications for assault cases. Assaults can be charged at a misdemeanor or felony level and can be differentiated by age of the victim as well as gender. When a woman is assaulted, the alleged perpetrator is usually charged with an Assault on a Female, which is a Class…

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Can me and my friend / wife / co-defendant hire the same lawyer?

Can a criminal defense lawyer represent co-defendants who may be charged in the commission of the same crime or series of crimes? The answer is a qualified, “Yes,” provided that there are no conflicts between the defendants that require the attorney to choose which client to more vigorously represent. As a practical matter, it is…

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Kidnapping Victim Thanks Community, Urges Voters to Vote

In a three page letter to the community, Frank Janssen, father of Wake County Assistant District Attorney Colleen Janssen, praises law enforcement and prosecutors for coordinating the effort that ultimately led to his rescue. Janssen had been abducted from his Wake Forest home on April 5 in a plot orchestrated a prisoner at Polk Correctional…

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Felony Drug Possession in North Carolina

If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime in North Carolina, there are a wide number of charges that can be applied, including: Misdemeanor Possession Felony Possession Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver (PWISD) Maintaining a Dwelling Sell and/or Deliver Drug Trafficking Federal Drug Charges Because misdemeanor possession charges are covered extensively elsewhere in…

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Zellinger Responds to Mailer

In an email sent to supporters on Thursday (April 24, 2014), Boz Zellinger, a Democratic candidate for DA, responded to the mailer sent out to Wake County voters by SEANC earlier this month (reported: here, the Indy Week, and by WRAL) The email is reproduced in its entirety below: Yesterday I was endorsed by the…

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Amanda Lamb of WRAL and Indy Week Blast SEANC Mailer

In a hard hitting story, following up on news first posted here last week, WRAL’s Amanda Lamb reported today on the State Employees Association mailer that had been sent earlier this month to homes in Wake County accusing Wake County Democratic District Attorney candidate Lorrin Freeman of corruption. As Lamb reports, some of Freeman’s supporters…

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Philadelphia High School Drug Ring Busted

When I was growing up in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, no one ever seemed that sophisticated when it came to dealing drugs. But now there’s word out of the suburbs of Philadelphia of a drug ring at local public and private high schools, and college campuses. “The texts between the friends appeared to be about the…

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Prescription Fraud: What is Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud?

North Carolina takes all drug charges extremely seriously and among the most serious charges are those relating to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, often called prescription fraud. Under NCGS § 90-108, it is unlawful for any person to: Obtain a controlled substance by representing that they are a licensed practitioner able to prescribe medication when…

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