Category Archives: Courts

New N.C. Court of Appeals opinions released

Among the new opinions released this morning from the N.C. Court of Appeals: A unanimous three-judge panel upheld the N.C. Property Tax Commission’s rulings favoring Johnston County in a tax dispute involving dozens of billboards. A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a trial court ruling favoring Whiteville in a dispute involving accusations that a local policeContinue Reading

Leef calls for end of civil asset forfeiture laws

George Leef’s latest Forbes column urges the abolition of an egregious form of “legal plunder.” One of the greatest political philosophers, Frederic Bastiat, wrote that the law should exist to protect life, liberty, and property, but unfortunately is often perverted into a means of “legal plunder.” In other words, the law is used to legitimizeContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Voters will choose justices for North Carolina’s Supreme Court in November. But Gov. Pat McCrory has given some candidates in judicial elections a leg up on the competition by appointing them to fill unexpired terms on the state’s highest court. You’ll hear highlights from McCrory’s announcement of Mark Martin as the state’s new chief justiceContinue Reading

Attorney Bob Orr says ‘no gamesmanship’ in Opportunity Scholarships timing

Bob Orr, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the lawsuit challenging Opportunity Scholarships, said there was no attempt to strategically calculate the timing of the legal action to try to disrupt the program in its first year. “It’s certainly no gamesmanship on the part of the plaintiffs,” Orr said Tuesday. In a CJ Online article,Continue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that parents whose children won new N.C. opportunity scholarships are moving ahead with private school options, despite a judge’s decision to block the scholarships. The Daily Journal reviews a new book about the importance of a 1986 Reykjavik, Iceland, summit in ending the Cold War.

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Now that state lawmakers have finished their work for the year, Becki Gray assesses some of the 2014 legislative session’s most important accomplishments for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes a recent court ruling challenging North Carolina’s new Opportunity Scholarship Program. Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in EducationContinue Reading

Opportunity Scholarships stay denied; case likely to return to Court of Appeals

The Opportunity Scholarships legal wrangling continues. On Tuesday, the N.C. Supreme Court dismissed an effort to put a ruling by Superior Court Robert Hobgood declaring the voucher program unconstitutional until the case can be appealed. Instead, the states high court remarked that the effort to “stay” Hobgood’s ruling should be filed with the N.C. CourtContinue Reading

Split N.C. appellate panel rules against charter schools in funding dispute with Cleveland County

A panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 this morning that a Superior Court judge must reassess his 2013 decision to award $57,000 in funding and $47,000 in attorney’s fees to three charter schools in a dispute with the Cleveland County public school system. The court’s majority says the judge did not makeContinue Reading