Category Archives: Courts

Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act targets 16- and 17-year-old misdemeanor offenders

A bipartisan group of N.C. legislators unveiled this afternoon House Bill 399, the Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act. It aims to transfer misdemeanor offenses by 16- and 17-year-olds from the adult court system to the juvenile system. Reps. Marilyn Avila, R-Wake, Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, Jonathan Jordan, R-Ashe, and Duane Hall, D-Wake, are the bill’s primary sponsors.Continue Reading

A blow for common sense

The Washington Examiner highlights on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that favors common sense over the trial-lawyer lobby. For the Supreme Court to issue a unanimous opinion, legal minds as vastly different as Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, must find agreement, as well as everyone in between. That rarely happens on contentious or unclearContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. Senate leaders’ latest tax plan, which features personal and corporate income tax rate cuts. Jon Guze’s Daily Journal examines why North Carolina has avoided major problems with predatory policing.

NC trying to decide if it will join appeal of FCC’s muni-broadband ruling

Tennessee has sued the Federal Communications Commission, saying the regulatory agency overstepped its authority when it voted in February to override state laws placing restrictions on municipal broadband. North Carolina is one of the states that has similar laws. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said the AG’s office trying to decide whether toContinue Reading

Reading Kennedy’s tea leaves in the latest Obamacare case

Sarah Hurtubise of The Daily Caller probes recent comments from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy that might signal his stance in the King v. Burwell case involving Obamacare subsidies. In a Monday budget request before the House Appropriations Committee, Justice Anthony Kennedy, typically the swing vote on the Court, made comments that could suggest he’sContinue Reading

Could NC’s controversial Map Act be on its way out?

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday took the first step toward making the Map Act history by giving it a favorable report. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, now goes to the House Finance Committee for further review. Brown said she toured an area in Forsyth County where the Map Act has beenContinue Reading

A wider range of experience on the nation’s highest court

Yale constitutional law professor Akhil Reed Amar believes the Affordable Care Act is “easily and obviously constitutional.” His article in the latest issue of The Atlantic appears to be aimed at preserving ACA subsidies and protecting same-sex marriage. With those caveats in mind, it’s still worthwhile to consider Amar’s argument that our nation’s highest courtContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on an upcoming court hearing involving access to Alamance County school records. The Daily Journal reviews a new book on Winston Churchill’s irreplaceable role in 20th-century history.