Category Archives: Courts

Leef’s latest Forbes column challenges the intractability of student loan debt

Think those student loan debts are ironclad? Think again. George Leef explains in his latest Forbes column. The “undue hardship” provision in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code says that student loans cannot be discharged unless “excepting such debt … would impose an undue hardship on the debtor and the debtor’s dependents….” Just how difficult is itContinue Reading

N.C. Court of Appeals strikes blow against Asheville in legislative fight

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed key pieces of a trial court’s ruling favoring Asheville in a legal fight with the N.C. General Assembly over control of the city’s water system. The case now heads back to the trial-court level to address other issues. Wake County Judge Howard ManningContinue Reading

A critique of the Obama Justice Department

The latest issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis features former Bush administration Attorney General Michael Mukasey‘s take on his successors in the current federal government. I’m regretful to have to add that in a country where honesty, fairness, and safety are so strongly influenced by one department of government, over the past six years—largely because ofContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

A recent Carolina Journal cover story has prompted a national group representing federal prosecutors to seek an investigation from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. It’s a story involving murderous gang members, death threats, and a politically appointed U.S. attorney’s questionable actions. Rick Henderson shares details during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. John HoodContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on conservatives who hope to launch a campaign to end the death penalty in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how bad assumptions led to bad predictions about the impact of changes in North Carolina’s early voting rules.

Leef’s latest Forbes column likens Hillary’s proposal to the Sedition Act

George Leef’s latest Forbes column explores Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s proposal to overturn the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision. Hillary Clinton’s stumbling campaign for the White House is geared to take advantage of voter ignorance at every turn: ignorance about the government’s ability to promote prosperity, ignorance about the impact of minimum wageContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial commentary takes Supreme Court to task

James Bovard‘s editorial commentary in the latest issue of Barron’s focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent failures to protect fundamental liberties. In its recent landmark decision on gay marriage, five Supreme Court justices proclaimed that “the Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach…to define and express their identity.” While the court proudly createdContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Ten years have passed since Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast. Devastation in New Orleans grabbed the headlines, but Mississippi coped with its own much less publicized large-scale disaster. Haley Barbour, who was governor of Mississippi at the time, recounts his state’s experiences with Katrina in a new book. He shares his memories ofContinue Reading