Courts

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    Washington Examiner column exposes major gap in ‘efficiency gap’

    Ray Wallin explains in a Washington Examiner column why the efficiency gap fails to live up to its billing as a mathematically precise tool for determining whether an election map is “too partisan.” The efficiency gap plays a critical role in the Gill v. Whitford redistricting case from…
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on reaction from judges and lawyers to a plan for judicial redistricting in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal places recent developments in N.C. voter registration in the proper perspective.
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2017
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    Split Appeals Court upholds ruling against NC WARN

    A panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled, 2-1, that environmental activist group NC WARN violated the state’s utility monopoly when it installed and maintained a solar panel system for a Greensboro church, then charged the church based on the amount of electricity produced. The ruling upholds…
    Mitch Kokai, September 19, 2017
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    Daily Signal Showcases NC’s ‘Golden Opportunity’ To Tackle Predatory Criminal Code

    Our Jon Guze has written extensively about the need to reform North Carolina’s growing criminal code.  Earlier this year, we held a discussion among experts in the field who talked about various aspects of the issue.  Now the Daily Signal is showcasing our problem — and the opportunity — in this extensive…
    Donna Martinez, September 18, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Hurricane Harvey’s damage to Houston-area gas pipeline operations helped bump up gas prices in North Carolina. State officials invoked the state price gouging law. Roy Cordato explains in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio why that law creates more problems than it solves. Katherine Restrepo…
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2017
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    What If The Government Seized YOUR Bank Account? It’s Happening.

    Kari Travis of Carolina Journal reports on action in the U.S. House of Representatives that would curb the procedure known as “civil asset forfeiture.” Civil forfeiture allows law enforcers to seize property from a person suspected of a crime, even if he or she hasn’t been convicted or even…
    Donna Martinez, September 14, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the process that will lead to appointment of a new senior resident Wake County superior court judge. That job has importance for future state court fights involving constitutional challenges and redistricting. Lindsay Marchello reports the latest developments in a court…
    Mitch Kokai, September 13, 2017
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    A recollection in connection with a judicial retirement

    As Wake County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens announces plans to hang up his robe and set down his gavel, the “Locker Room” remembers one of his best soliloquies. Turn the clock back 10 years. In August 2007, Stephens was mulling over the best response to…
    Mitch Kokai, September 12, 2017