A woman caught shoplifting eggs in Tarrant Saturday didn't leave with handcuffs and a court date. Thanks to a Tarrant police officer, she left with food for her family. Officer William Stacy was called to a Dollar General when employees caught the woman trying to steal the eggs, Tarrant Police Chief Dennis Reno said. Stacy talked with Dollar General and they said they wouldn't prosecute. So Stacy made an offer. "He said, 'If I give you these eggs, will you promise that you won't shoplift anymore?'" Reno said. "He knew that she was telling the truth and that's the reason he went in and bought the eggs."
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Defense lawyers in North Carolina are divided over a constitutional amendment on Tuesday's ballot that could change how some criminal defendants are tried.
The North Carolina Constitution requires that any felony defendant who pleads not guilty be tried by a jury. That requirement was meant to safeguard the rights of the accused.
"Juries are expensive," he said. "When you bring in a jury to do a jury trial, you have to pay the jurors, and you have to pay all of the individuals who deal with the jurors."
Durham defense attorney Daniel Meier is strongly opposed to the amendment. If it passes, he thinks prosecutors will pressure defendants to give up their constitutional right.
"I can imagine a situation where they say, 'Waive a jury trial, or we're going to indict you as a habitual felon. Or waive a jury trial, or we're going to add these charges,' because they already do it when it comes to pleas," Meier said.
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Nearly two years after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment recognizing marriage only as a union between a man and a woman, a federal court judge in Charlotte on Friday overturned the ban, allowing gay and lesbian couples across the state to marry immediately. U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn's ruling came just after 5 p.m. and five days after the nation's top court declined to hear any appeal of a July ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond striking down Virginia's ban. That court has jurisdiction over North Carolina. "Even before this, I was happy, but I think now that it's on paper and it's legal," said Chad Biggs, 35, who with Chris Creech, 46, was the first couple to marry.