Just Over the Line

Prosecuted for the same crime in two different counties, a North Carolina man receives two very different sentences.

Funding Initiative
Short-Form Series and Special Projects
Director

Adams Wood

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The Film

Just Over the Line tells the story of Daniel Noell, a 59-year-old man who was arrested and charged with drug trafficking after using forged prescriptions at drugstores across Western North Carolina. Prosecuted for the same crime in both Buncombe and Yancey counties, Noell received two very different sentences. His case reveals how justice can vary according to the values of a community—and the priorities of its elected prosecutors—and how the simple act of crossing a county line can make all the difference.