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Chief justice's son charged with marijuana possession

Posted January 5

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin
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— 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.

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  • Thomas White Jan 14, 2016
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    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.

    If Mr. Martin was black or not connected to the system he would be in prison for the assault on a government official. If that official was a policeman there is a chance he would be dead.

    District Attorneys always want to set an example so poor people don't commit another crime in the future. I suggest that Mr. Martin get no mercy or prayer for judgement. I suggest that Mr. Martin get a sentence that a non-connected, poor or minority would receive.

  • Scott Householder Jan 9, 2016
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    Agreed!! Please, NC Residents, VOTE to Legalize weed and END this WASTE of LEO time and money!!

  • Joe Smith Jan 7, 2016
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    This drug war is so much fun I can't stand it! I can't think of a better way to destroy lives and waste tax money. Bravo! Keep up the good work boys!

  • Melvin Denis Jan 6, 2016
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    Who cares, What a waste of tax payers time & money. There are a lot more serious things that need tending to..

  • Dirk Snedly Jan 6, 2016
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    No, jury nullification is EXACTLY how the system is supposed to work. The politicians and their government are not accountable to us nor do they represent the will of the people.

  • Cody Rogers Jan 6, 2016
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    smoking pot = a mental health crisis lol

  • Robert J. Howarth Sr Jan 6, 2016
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    Move on people, nothing to see here. Only a jab at the Gov and appointees.

  • Roy Hinkley Jan 6, 2016
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    I'm pretty sure that's not how the system is supposed to work. A jury's job is to decide guilt or innocence, not to question the law itself.

    If you want to change the law, start by contacting the politicians who are elected to represent you.

  • Dave Roth Jan 6, 2016
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    Put me on that jury. I would nullify it in a heartbeat.