It looks as if the Durham district attorney will ask for the death penalty in the case against a 46-year-old Chapel Hill man. The defendant, Craig Stephen Hicks, turned himself in to sheriff’s deputies on Feb. 11, a few hours, he said, after he shot three neighbors to death in their apartment. Let’s try that
Continue Reading What Makes A Crime A ‘Hate Crime’?
We are talking about tax evasion, or the willful attempt to avoid paying a lawfully due tax. As a refresher from our last post, it’s a felony, and you can land in prison for as long as five years. The question, of course, is how the IRS figures out that someone has willfully declined to
Continue Reading The IRS Sees You When You’re Sleeping, Knows When You’re Awake
We say it often, but it bears repeating: In criminal law, intent is almost everything. You may knock someone out in a bar fight and find yourself in jail. If the prosecutor can prove that you hit the guy intending to kill him, you are facing much more serious charges. Look through our website and
Continue Reading The ‘Benefits’ of Tax Evasion May Not Add Up
We came across a blog post once that began, “It is unpleasant to be charged with a sex crime.” It is a true statement, certainly, but it fell a little short of the typical lead-in to a discussion of such a difficult and sensitive subject. Yes, it can be unpleasant to be charged, just as
Continue Reading The Super Bowl Domestic Violence PSA Really Sticks With You
We are still discussing — and still very much thinking about — the domestic abuse public service announcement that aired during the Super Bowl. Sponsored by the nonprofit No More and, incongruously, the NFL, the ad uses an actual 911 call. The 911 operator is a little confused at first, and so are we: The
Continue Reading The NFL Says ‘No More,’ But ‘No More’ Of What, Exactly?