Police in Verplanck, New York recently arrested two men, an 18-year old and a 20-year old, for possessing illegal drugs. The drug charges included misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic instrument. Both men were arrested at the same time in Peekskill, New York. The 18-year-old man was accused of possessing heroin, and the 20-year-old man of possessing cocaine, according to New York State Police.
A healthy amount of skepticism is necessary these days when a criminal case draws a large amount of media attention. It seems that no matter what, many people who take news reports at face value want a conviction before even hearing the evidence against a defendant. While most criminal cases do require a plea deal to achieve the best outcome for the accused, it is still important to distinguish between the "court of public opinion" and the court of law.