They spent years in prison for seriously hurting a child. Decades later, the boy died from the abuse. Can they now be charged with murder?
State Court of Appeals weighs the power of constitutional protection against double jeopardy The Court of Appeals published a pair of opinions Tuesday holding that two people could be charged with murder for brutalizing a child 25 years ago — even if they had already been convicted of child abuse for the same act of violence in the late ‘90s.
No, undocumented immigrants don’t commit more crime. Research shows they commit a lot less
New study undermines claims of a dangerous border It’s an article of faith in some corners of politics and the media: All those undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border are making crime much worse in the United States. But new research gives the lie to that assertion.
Georgia journalist explains why arrests in horrific Ahmaud Arbery murder shouldn’t have taken so long
[Editor’s note: It’s being reported this morning that police have finally arrested two men for the February murder of a Black jogger named Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Glynn County, Georgia. As veteran Georgia journalist and commentator Jay Bookman explains in the essay below that ran yesterday in our sibling publication, the Georgia Recorder, it’s an […]
Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Trump getting away with murder?
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today President Donald J. Trump made good on a longtime threat and gunned down someone on Fifth Avenue in New York City. “I hadda do it,” Trump explained with a disarming grin and shrug of his powerful shoulders. During a hastily called press conference on the south lawn of the White House, Trump also […]
After hate-filled murders, choosing a legacy of love and light over the darkness
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Those words were first spoken by Martin Luther King Jr., and many have repeated them. But it takes integrity to live by them, especially when hate has touched you in the most profound way. Yet, […]
Report: Murder linked to extremism saw sharp rise in 2018
The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism has released its annual report on Murder and Extremism in the United States. The 2018 numbers show a sharp increase in murders by domestic extremists, especially right-wing groups. The ADL’s interactive Hate, Extremism, Anti-Semitism and Terror (HEAT) Map shows there were 18 anti-semitic incidents in North Carolina last […]
Vigil in Durham tonight to mark anniversary of Newtown tragedy
Here’s something that would be worth an hour of your time tonight: North Carolinians Against Gun Violence will hold a vigil tonight at 7:00 p.m. to mark the second anniversary of Newtown and to organize against future tragedies of this kind.Sadly, there have been at least 91 school shootings in the U.S. just since the Newtown […]
Connecting the dots in our dangerous, gun-obsessed culture
For a while this morning on WRAL.com, the following three headlines appeared consecutively near the top of the website: One shot at Stanly County high school Police in Albemarle report one student has been hurt and another person is in custody after a shooting at Albemarle High School. Despite clarion call, youth violence continues in […]