posted on June 22, 2012 12:21
Last year when the politicians in Washington sent down an order to the politicians in Raleigh telling them to implement Obama-care the politicians in Raleigh saw red and said the whole thing was unconstitutional.
Which sounded pretty cut and dried until the other day when the Raleigh politicians gave an order of their own.
32 North Carolina counties have what they call ‘pre-trial release programs’ which allow people charged with minor crimes to be released from jail without posting a bond. Wake County’s popular Sheriff Donnie Harrison supports the program here because, he says, it saves money the county would spend to jail and house and feed people who don’t need to be locked up.
Anyway the local programs were working fine until the other day when a State Senate Committee passed a bill for the bail bondsmen – who see releasing prisoners from jail without bail about the same way whiskey distillers saw Prohibition.
To make a long story short the Raleigh politicians voted to order the local politicians in 32 counties to stop letting their prisoners loose without bail.
So now it looks like the Raleigh politicians have a simple view when it comes to orders: If they’re giving them, fine. But if someone else is giving them it’s unconstitutional.