Appellate judges uphold trial court in Burlington press fight

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court ruling in the legal fight pitting the Burlington Times-News against the Alamance County school board.

The newspaper had appealed the initial ruling, which allowed the school board to redact portions of minutes from closed-session meetings.

Appellate judges concluded that the trial judge acted properly in permitting portions of the minutes to remain hidden from public view.

Among other opinions released this morning:

  • An appellate panel split, 2-1, in upholding a lower-court ruling that blocked the N.C. Department of Public Safety from firing a prison guard who punched an inmate.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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