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August 2018 Archives

Billionaire victims' rights activist facing felony drug charges

Victims' advocacy groups in Tennessee and around the country may be saddened to learn that Henry T. Nicholas III was taken into custody by police in Nevada on the evening of Aug. 7. The 59-year-old technology billionaire has been charged with drug trafficking after quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, MDMA and methamphetamine were allegedly discovered in his Las Vegas hotel room. Nicholas has been a tireless campaigner for crime victims and was instrumental in getting Marsy's laws passed in five states. The laws are named after his sister, who was stalked and murdered by her former boyfriend in 1983.

Grandmother facing drug and weapons charges

A Tennessee grandmother who was babysitting two toddlers is facing felony drug and weapons charges stemming from a July 26 drug raid according to a report from the Memphis Police Department. The 52-year-old Barton Heights woman was taken into custody shortly after officers arrived at her East Rollins Road residence to serve a drug warrant. A records check is said to have revealed that the woman entered a plea agreement in 2013 after being charged with cocaine possession.

Drug policy reform could improve health outcomes

Racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system are concerning to many in Tennessee and across the country. This kind of inequality not only reflects bias in police and prosecution behavior but also can have long-lasting effects in other areas of society. By reforming the criminal penalties for drug possession charges, health outcomes could be improved and inequalities decreased, according to researchers.

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