Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyMore >>
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.More >>
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:43:52 GMT
Monday marks one month since a popular Newton teacher was found dead inside her apartment and investigators were back out at her apartment over the weekend for several hours. According to neighbors, policeMore >>
Neighbors say they saw several officers going in and out of a unit at the complex for several hours. The unit is in a different building from Maggie Daniels' apartment.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:11:51 GMT
A homicide investigation is underway in Anson County after someone was found dead early Monday morning. WBTV has learned that deputies are investigating at a home in Wadesboro along Highway 52. ThisMore >>
WBTV has learned that deputies are investigating at a home in Wadesboro along Highway 52.More >>
You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag.More >>
You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag. More >>
UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -
A disabled Union County veteran who called police on himself admitting he was growing marijuana for medical purposes had his first day in court Monday.
Robert Dorr, who said he's willing to face jail time, did not show up at the Union County Courthouse alone. Other veterans who are also fighting for North Carolina to legalize medical marijuana came to show their support.
Robert Dorr did not have his day in court for manufacturing marijuana.
"The state has asked to postpone the case until April 8," explained Dorr about his first appearance at the Union County Courthouse.
His legal battle will take some time. And some veterans are so thankful Dorr put himself in the law's line of fire.
"Mr. Dorr is a very braved disabled veteran who had decided instead of hiding in the corner and use cannabis and feel like a criminal to let people know this is medicine," said Perry Parks.
Parks is a retired army veteran and served our country for 29 years. He is also a member of the North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network, NCCPN.
"I use everyday. I did this morning, going to do it this afternoon, going to do it this evening," said Parks.
Dorr said he wants North Carolina's law banning marijuana for medical use to change.
"This is something that's unfolding around the country. It's not about a person trying to make a point or prove he's right," said Dorr, "It's essentially this is how justice unfolds when there's been legislative error."
"We hope for jury nullification," said Parks, "Jury nullification has happened a lot across the country. It's when the jury looks at the facts of the law and says yes he violates the facts of the law but he's not a criminal and we refuse to prosecute him."
The Union County Sheriff said a jury will have to decide whether to convict Dorr. They built a case for the District Attorney to prosecute. He said his deputies discovered Dorr's in-house grow room.
Tom Harper is the president of NCCPN, a veteran and said he suffers from fibromyalgia and doesn't want to take pills.
"I've never been one for standing around like I've been hit in the head with a rubber hammer drooling and not just aware of things," said Harper, "The marijuana does not do that to me and it does help me rise above my pain."
The district attorney's office said they have no comment on Dorr's case. The group of veterans at the courthouse said they'll be with Dorr throughout the legal process.
"Our goal is to make medical cannabis safe and legal here in North Carolina for anybody who needs it," said Harper.
The North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network said they hope to force the hand of state leaders by demanding a jury trial.
Copyright 2014 WBTV. All rights reserved.
Disabled vet fighting for NC medical marijuana appears in courtMore>>
A local Army veteran says he decided to call the police on himself, to raise awareness about medical marijuana, and help prove his point. He spoke to WBTV the night before his first court appearance. RobertMore >>
A local Army veteran says he decided to call the police on himself, to raise awareness about medical marijuana, and help prove his point. He spoke to WBTV the night before his first court appearance.More >>