Charlotte police declare open season on shooting suspects

When your lawyer and the DA are friends, it's all good:

Even though Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Anthony Holzhauer was represented by the same law firm, Murray did not recuse himself. He ruled this month that Holzhauer was justified when he shot and killed 20-year-old Janisha Fonville in her north Charlotte apartment. The decision meant Holzhauer will not face criminal charges.

Legal scholars contacted by the Observer said Murray’s ties to his former firm pose the appearance of a conflict of interest and that Murray should have removed himself from the Fonville case.

Heck, at least in Ferguson there was a Grand Jury, even if it did work to convict the victim posthumously. In this situation, one man gets to decide not to prosecute a client of the firm that funded his election campaign. In the excerpt below, there are two gaping inconsistencies that reveal Murray's poor judgment. See if you can spot them, the answer will be in the comment section:

Daily dose: The Lt. Gov. of extremism edition

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Open letter sent in support of 'religious freedom' bill (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, disregarding sentiments expressed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, joined several faith leaders in writing an open letter to elected officials in support of a so-called "religious freedom" bill.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/open-letter-sent-in-support-of-religious-freedom-b...

Daily dose: "Well, duh, that's the whole point!" edition

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Commercial Exposing Animal Cruelty at NC Farms Deemed "Too Graphic" (Public News Service) -- The Humane Society of the United States recently submitted a commercial to select TV stations across the state, highlighting why it opposes so-called ag-gag legislation (SB 433/HB 405) to punish whistleblowers on factory farms. "Animal cruelty at Butterball and Pilgrim factory farms in North Carolina, exposed by these undercover, whistle-blower videos,” the commercial reads. “Animals buried alive, kicked and beaten." At least two Charlotte TV stations rejected the ad, which includes images of poultry treatment on North Carolina farms. The stations called the ad too graphic.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-04-23/animal-welfare/commercial-exposing-animal-cruelty-at-nc-...

Religious discrimination bill stalls in NC House

Unfortunately, it's all about the Benjamins:

“For this session, the bill is not going to move,” Moore said during a hastily called news conference. “This bill in its current format, at the current time, is not the proper path to go.”

It came a day after the bill apparently divided House Republicans, who discussed it in a private caucus meeting. The measure had drawn opposition from businesses, including IBM and American Airlines. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory had also expressed reservations.

Don't get me wrong, I'm encouraged by the fact that powerful corporate entities opposed this measure. But what if they hadn't? When your elected officials gauge the propriety of a piece of legislation almost exclusively by whether or not it will hurt them come fundraising time, it simply proves their moral compass is spinning madly. That's no way to run a sausage factory.

Reasonable doubt: N.C. says 900 convictions based on bad evidence

Last week, the FBI admitted it had overstated the reliability of hair analysis in virtually every case where hair evidence was presented, including 36 cases where defendants were sentenced to death.

Buried in a Charlotte Observer editorial was a surprising admission: the NC Center on Actual Innocence is reexamining 900 convictions in which the State Bureau of Investigation may have used improper forensic evidence.

GOP poverty solution: Cut programs, then tax charitable non-profits

The convoy of bad ideas keeps rolling down the road:

Senate Bill 700, which was recently introduced in the General Assembly, threatens nonprofit tax exemption in North Carolina. It would reduce the cap on sales tax refunds to $100,000 per year, down from the current $45 million. If passed, this law would create new taxes for hundreds of nonprofits. They would have to pay a tax on almost everything they buy to support their charitable missions, including food, supplies, construction materials, computers, and utilities. This proposal would create unintended harm for nonprofits in all 100 counties of North Carolina.

The next time one of your Republican friends throws out the tired old argument, "The government shouldn't be helping poor people, churches and other charitable organizations do a much better job at it," make sure and mention this. Their zest for improving the lives of the 1% eventually places them in conflict with most of their stated positions, and the sooner voters realize they have no solutions the better.

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