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May 29

Enough is Enough

May 29

Cops and General Deterrence

There's a reason why police officers continue to kill mostly black people around the country. It's because they know that even in the rare cases where they are charged, they probably won't be convicted. And even if they walk into the wrong home and gun down a guy who was just enjoying some ice cream,...

May 28

Joe Biden’s Criminal Justice Record is Appalling

Normally I don't talk about partisan politics on this blog, limiting my comments to policy and criminal justice issues. But I was recently elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, which is scheduled to be hosted in Milwaukee this year. But the Party is considering hosting the convention by virtual means...

May 27

Why do so few RPD officers live in Raleigh?

Raleigh is a wonderful city with a population approaching 500,000 people. It is livable, with plenty of affordable housing, parks, good schools, shopping, and good neighborhoods. And it has a police force - the Raleigh Police Department - that is one of the 75 largest police forces in the country with just over 800 sworn...

May 21

COVID Sniffing Dogs: Quarantine Theater

"Security theater" is a phrase used to describe practices that give the illusion of improving physical security, but are in fact basically worthless. One example is the use of dogs - K-9 - to sniff for drugs, a tactic often used by police in drug trafficking cases to try to uncover the presence of drugs....

May 12

Racially Coded Violence

The Raleigh Police Department's shameful behavior in recent weeks to stop the notorious display of dangerous weapons that incite fear among the populace is nothing new. But it's still pathetic. And make no mistake about it: it's racially coded. When black people - the Black Panthers - marched through the streets in the 1960s and...

May 12

And Never We Trust Will the Day Come When Any Deadly Weapon Will Be Worn…

Raleigh has been the site of marches the last couple weeks involving various groups exercising their "Second Amendment" rights, by which they mean to terrorize the local populace by displaying dangerous weapons and walking up and down downtown streets. Recently they were spotted at the Oakwood Cemetary, and this past weekend they were in the...

May 03

Going Armed to the Terror of the People while Wearing Facemasks Why weren't the dozen or so bozos walking down the street in the middle of Raleigh, and near Oakwood Cemetery, arrested for Going Armed to the Terror of the People? That's the burning question for today. While North Carolina is an open-carry state, North Carolina does not permit the the carrying of dangerous or...

Apr 07

Domestic Violence in the Time of COVID

Since mid-March, while North Carolina courts are "open," most courts are closed for non-emergency purposes by order of Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. The Chief Justice extended her order closing most state courts unti June 1, 2020. As a result, trials have been continued, standard hearings have been postponed, and regular criminal courts have been essentially...

Apr 02

COVID-19 and North Carolina Courts

Note: North Carolina's Administrative Office of the Courts provides regular updates regarding the CoronaVirus and COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting the state's court system. North Carolina Criminal Courts have, like most courts around the country, been substantially impacted by the Coronavirus. On March 13, 2020, North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an...



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