Category Archives: Courts

Leef shares with Forbes readers one major concern about the attorney general nominee

George Leef’s latest Forbes column offers one reason why the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general raises concerns. After the tumultuous Attorney Generalship of Eric Holder, what the country badly needs is a replacement who will uphold the law fairly and guard against injustices perpetrated by the government. President Obama’s nomineeContinue Reading

Misuse of the N.C. Map Act

Property owners in communities across North Carolina are taking the N.C. Department of Transportation to court to challenge its use of the state Map Act to limit development and other uses of their property. Winston-Salem-based attorney Matthew Bryant is handling multiple suits against the state DOT. He outlined his legal arguments in a presentation todayContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

During a recent visit to Raleigh, Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard offered a John Locke Foundation audience his analysis of 2014 midterm election results. Kristol also discussed the election’s ramifications for public policy over the next two years during an interview for this weekend’s edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll also hear from oneContinue Reading

Split N.C. Court of Appeals upholds Franklin County’s decision to block shooting range

A panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals split 2-1 in upholding Franklin County’s decision to block a shooting range on private property within the county. The legal dispute focused on the fact that Franklin’s Unified Development Ordinance said nothing about either permitting or banning shooting ranges. Judge Chris Dillon’s majority opinion responded to theContinue Reading

An affirmative action suit against UNC and Harvard is underway

UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard are being sued for quotas discriminating against Asian-Americans: The plaintiff in both lawsuits—Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA)— is a newly-formed, nonprofit, membership organization whose members include highly qualified students recently denied admission to both schools, highly qualified students who plan to apply to both schools, and their parents. The Harvard lawsuit alleges the universityContinue Reading

In case you missed her …

Becki Gray analyzed for Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight” issues such as Gov. Pat McCrory’s lawsuit against top N.C. legislative leaders over their appointments to state government commissions, along with the N.C. House speaker’s race.

Sex, drugs, and personal responsibility

In the Washington Post, Ruth Marcus tells a cautionary tale about a young woman encouraged to believe she had been raped, and a young man who discovered he may be a rapist two months after the fact. According to the male student’s account, “little more than ‘Hello’ was said before she grabbed [him], kissed [him] andContinue Reading

Leef details for Forbes readers the federal government’s ‘raisin ripoff’

If you need more proof that the federal government’s meddling often leads to adverse results, George Leef is happy to provide the evidence. His latest Forbes column focuses on federal rules regarding raisins. Under a USDA marketing order decreed in 1949, American raisin growers are required to hand over to their bureaucratic overseers (a.k.a. theContinue Reading