Chief justice's son charged with marijuana possession
Posted January 5
Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County Sheriff's Office has charged the son of North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark D. Martin with misdemeanors related to marijuana possession.
According to a warrant, Mark Nathaniel Martin, 17, is charged with possessing not more than 1.5 ounces of marijuana as well as a water bong, knife and various small empty bags used to package and ingest marijuana. He was charged on Dec. 27, and the warrant says the younger Martin has a court date on Jan. 15.
The elder Martin has served on the Supreme Court since being elected in 1998. Gov. Pat McCrory elevated him to chief justice in 2014. Martin won an eight-year term to the post later that year.
"The Martin family, like many other families across North Carolina, is dealing with a mental health crisis involving their minor son and have no comment at this time," said Sharon Gladwell, communications officer for the state Administrative Office of the Courts.
Mark N. Martin was charged last February with misdemeanor possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana and assault on a government official. Those charges are still pending.