Archives for: January 4th, 2020

Free speech is a perennial hot topic. It’s one of the rights guaranteed to US citizens in the Bill of Rights. However, not all speech is protected under the First Amendment. Certain kinds of speech are, in fact, illegal.

For example, this December a North Carolina man was convicted for communicating a death threat on Twitter. The man sent threatening images and a death threat to another Twitter user whose beliefs he did not agree with. 

The specific charge was making a threatening communication in an attempt to injure another person through interstate [...]

A new law has just gone into effect in North Carolina, known as “Raise the Age.” As of December 1st, 2019, North Carolina courts are no longer automatically trying 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults. 

Instead, some crimes committed by older minors may remain in juvenile court instead of being elevated. Learn more here about what led to this shift in thinking, how the “Raise the Age” initiative affects other North Carolina laws, and when older minors can still be charged as an adult. 

After 100 Years, What Initiated the Shift in NC