What is a Criminal Conspiracy?

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Stories about drug conspiracies are common news items in North Carolina. Just recently, six men were charged by federal prosecutors in Charlotte with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Five of the six defendants face life in prison if convicted, according to WSOC-TV. Our readers likely know what the word “conspiracy” means, but may
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Have You Talked to Your Teenager About Underage Drinking and Dwi?

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Spring is an exciting time for high school students across North Carolina, particularly juniors and seniors. If they haven’t done so already, most schools will be hosting prom in the next week or so. And of course, graduation is just around the corner. If you have a teenager at home who will be participating in
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Can You Tell from Our Jails That Mental Illness is Not a Crime?

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The last time we thought about the concept of drunk tanks, we were watching an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show.” Andy, as you may recall, was the sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, a small town with more mischief than crime. The jail had two cells, and one was often occupied by the character Otis,
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It’s Like We Had Esp or Something: Sports Betting Hits the Airwaves P2

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We are picking up the thread from our April 25 post. The subject is gambling laws and what kinds of charges Agent Booth, from the television show “Bones,” could be facing for wagering on sporting events. While Booth’s gambling addiction has been a relatively minor subplot since the April 23 episode, there is certainly something
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Changes for Dwi Laws Move Forward in General Assembly

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We want to take a quick break from our discussion of gambling laws and “Bones,” to talk about a couple of bills being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly. The General Assembly has a deadline of sorts today: “Crossover Day.” After April 30, many bills that have not been passed by the house of
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