Death Penalty Losing Support?

October 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Criminal Law

Death Penalty Losing Support?

A new Gallup Poll shows that support for using the death penalty in cases of murder is down to 61%.  That is a 3% drop in support from last year.  The poll shows this is the lowest level of support since 1972, the year the Supreme Court voided all existing state death penalty laws in Furman v. Georgia.

Support rose to its highest levels from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s,  including the all-time high of 80% who favored the death penalty in 1994.  But since that high there has been a marked decline of 19% over the past 17 years, and a 3-point drop from last year’s measure.

Gallup reports “The Oct. 6-9 poll was conducted shortly after the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, which generated widespread protests and extensive news coverage. This could help explain the slight drop in support for the death penalty this year. However, there have been high-profile executions in the news in previous years without concomitant drops in death penalty support, making it less clear that such events have a direct impact on attitudes.”

The poll also shows that people in the South and Mid-West support the death penalty more than in the rest of the country.

If you have been charged with a crime in North Carolina I urge you to contact Criminal Defense Lawyer Eric Gurney at (919) 930-4027.

50% of Americans Now Favor Legalizing Marijuana

October 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Criminal Law

50% of Americans Now Favor Legalizing Marijuana

Should Marijuana be made legal, or not?

Support for the legalization of Marijuana has reached an all time high.  According to a poll, recently published, more Americans are now in support of legalizing the drug than those opposed.   The poll shows that a record high of 50% of Americans are in favor of the legalization of marijuana.   That is up from 46% last year.

When Americans were first polled in 1969, a mere 12% were in favor of legalization.  That support rose to over 30% in 2000 and 40%
in 2009.  This October, the same poll has shown that a record high 50% of Americans favor legalizing Marijuana.

With growing support for the legalization of marijuana, pressure may build to bring laws in compliance with the people’s wishes and many states have done just that.  To date, 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use and many states have passed laws which decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

But it is still a crime in North Carolina to possess, smoke, buy or sell marijuana.  It is also illegal to possess drug paraphernalia
such as bongs, smoking pipes or rolling papers that are used for marijuana.

If you have been charged with a drug offense I urge you to call The Gurney Law Firm.  Mr. Gurney is a criminal defense attorney in Raleigh and handles all types of drug offenses.  Mr. Gurney is a former Wake County Magistrate and has handled thousands of criminal cases.  This includes drug related arrests, search warrants and bond hearings in Wake County, North Carolina.

Talk to a Raleigh criminal defense lawyer now at (919) 930-4027.