State of North Carolina Archives: on Crime


Sandy Smith: Maximum penalty for horrible crimes like murder and rape

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter punishment reduces crime"?

A: This is a loaded question, it really depends on the crime. I am for the maximum penalty for horrible crimes like murder and rape.

Source: OnTheIssues.org interview of 2020 N.C. Senate candidates Jul 21, 2019

Pat McCrory: Celebrate police who come back stronger after getting shot

Two years ago, just before arriving to deliver the State of the State address, I received a phone call informing me that Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Potts was fighting for his life. You see, during a routine traffic stop on Highway 70, Trooper Potts was shot four times. He was shot in his hands, shoulder and directly in his face. He was left for dead by the assailant. I traveled to Duke University Medical Center to visit Trooper Potts. Since the shooting, there have been surgeries, grueling rehabilitative therapy and personal reassessment.

Some advised Trooper Potts to turn in his badge and to pursue a safer line of work. But Trooper Potts did not walk away. Instead, he overcame his obstacles and today, he is assigned to the North Carolina Highway Patrol Training Academy.

Like Trooper Potts, I'm proud to report the State of North Carolina has come back even stronger. Its people are resilient, and our future is bright.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 N.C. Legislature Feb 4, 2015

Elizabeth Dole: Supports use of federal death penalty

Source: N.C. Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 18, 2008

Robert Pittenger: Support the death penalty

Source: 2004 N.C. Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Robert Pittenger: End parole for repeat violent offenders

Source: 2004 N.C. Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Sean Haugh: Moratorium on death penalty; plus alternative sentencing

Source: 2004 N.C. Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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