Archive for June 2014

Jeff Cruden Responds to Mailer Questioning his Party Affiliation

Jeff Cruden responded in an email to supporters regarding his party affiliation in the wake of a mailer sent out by the Bryant for DA campaign noting Cruden’s recent party switch from Democrat to Republican. The email reads: Recently, my opponent called into question my conservative values and dedication to the Republican Party in a…

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Mailer Asks: Is Jeff Cruden a Republican?

Update Below The Wake County District Attorney’s race is headed for a run-off on the Republican side with Jeff Cruden, assistant district attorney, and John Bryant, a long-time private attorney in Wake County, having come in first and second in May’s primary. Under North Carolina law, a candidate must win with at least 40 percent…

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Searching a Cell Phone

Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times Supreme Court and legal affairs reporter, has a great column on yesterday’s 9-0 Supreme Court decision requiring police to obtain a warrant in normal circumstances if they wish to search a cell phone. While the Fourth Amendment holds that searches and seizures are not allowed except where the police…

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Supreme Court Rules That Police Need Warrant to Search Cell Phones

Criminal defense lawyers and defendants accused of a crime are breathing a sigh of relief today after a welcome ruling by the Supreme Court. The Court ruled unanimously that police cannot search the cell phone of a criminal suspect without consent from the suspect or a warrant. The argument for warrantless cell phone searches had…

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Does North Carolina Allow Happy Hour?

Happy hour. The time when people are getting off work and can wander into a nearby bar, pub, or restaurant to get half price drink specials and some discounted food to nibble on and wind down the day. But not in North Carolina. North Carolina is one of a few states that don’t allow happy…

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I Wasn’t Read My Miranda Rights – Is That Legal?

What most people know about Miranda Rights are what they see on TV shows like Law & Order. Usually, the show depicts a person being arrested and the first thing that happens after the handcuffs are slapped on is they are read their Miranda Rights. Given that this is the extent of most people’s education…

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What Constitutes a Robbery Charge in North Carolina?

Robbery charges in North Carolina are treated as violent offenses, much more seriously so than simple theft or larceny cases. Robbery, often called Common Law Robbery in North Carolina, is when there is a “Taking of the property of another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of it with the use of force…

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Sexual Servitude and Human Trafficking Crimes in North Carolina

Although it’s rare and many people don’t think it happens in North Carolina, there are cases of sexual servitude in North Carolina. Many people think of these crimes in big cities, where a large number of women, children, and sometimes men are kept against their will for the purpose of working as sex slaves, but…

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Please Pay Your Public Servants

By my count, the Wake County District Attorney's office has 43 Assistant District Attorneys who handle the prosecutions for a nearly million person county in one of the most prosperous regions in the country. The federal government's United States Attorney Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina prosecutes federal crimes in Raleigh and throughout…

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