Category Archives: Courts

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Some of the loudest proponents for North Carolina’s renewable energy tax credits represent big businesses that take advantage of the credits. Rick Henderson discusses this underreported aspect of the renewable energy debate during the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Katherine Restrepo analyzes the Federal Trade Commission’s recent endorsement of a state House bill toContinue Reading






Leef’s latest Forbes column highlights government compounding its errors

George Leef is no fan of civil asset forfeiture. His latest Forbes column highlights a case in which the federal government refuses to admit its misuse of the forfeiture process. Congress passed the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA). Recognizing that these seizures were often wrongful and imposed unjust costs on people, theContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the potential impact for North Carolina of a March 15 presidential primary. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the N.C. Supreme Court made the right choice in upholding the Opportunity Scholarship Program.






Families celebrate N.C. Supreme Court’s ruling in school voucher case

Families excited about the N.C. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program celebrated in Raleigh today with help from Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. Watch highlights below.






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling upholding the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program as constitutional. Austin Pruitt’s Daily Journal focuses on the positive role lobbyists can play in the legislative process.






Split N.C. Supreme Court upholds Opportunity Scholarships as constitutional

In a 4-3 split, the N.C. Supreme Court has reversed a trial court and upheld North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program as constitutional. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Mark Martin concludes: To the extent that plaintiffs disagree with the General Assembly’s educational policy decision as expressed in the Opportunity Scholarship Program, their remedy is withContinue Reading






Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on LegalZoom and N.C.

George Leef shares with Forbes readers details of a dispute involving a Web-based provider of legal services and the N.C. State Bar. In LegalZoom v. North Carolina State Bar Association, the innovative provider of affordable legal services has challenged the NC bar over its refusal to register its prepaid legal plans for individuals and smallContinue Reading






Leandro hearing revelation: Long-term subs unconstitutional

For the next few days, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning will hear testimony related to the Leandro v. State court case, which deals with the state’s constitutional obligation to provide a “sound, basic education” to all public school students. According to Alex Granados of EducationNC, Judge Manning declared that the employment of long-term substitute teachersContinue Reading