Category Archives: Courts

Bloomberg Businessweek editors take on the Perry indictment

The editors at Bloomberg Businessweek, not known for their raging right-wing rants, offer some choice comments about the misguided indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Rosemary Lehmberg, the Democratic district attorney in Travis County, Texas, spent three weeks in jail last year for drunken driving, prompting Republican Governor Rick Perry to call on her toContinue Reading

Opportunity Scholarship supporters ask appeals court to put order on hold

Voucher supporters have file an emergency motion to put Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood’s ruling halting vouchers on hold until the case is decided on appeal. “The Superior Court’s action has thrown the educational future of these students into turmoil,” the brief asking for the “temporary stay” reads. The brief also notes that a previousContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on a court ruling declaring North Carolina’s opportunity scholarship program unconstitutional. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal criticizes that ruling.

Re: Judge declares vouchers for low-income children unconstitutional

Terry, Here’s a response from Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham: “Today’s ruling by a single trial court judge advances a clear political agenda ahead of the needs of thousands of North Carolina children. We are committed to providing students a sound, basic education – and that’s the very reason we don’t want to trap disabledContinue Reading

Left-leaning law professor analyzes the Perry indictment

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley explains in a USA Today column why the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry fails to pass the smell test. The news of the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry late Friday thrilled many of his critics around the country, but it perplexed anyone who actually read theContinue Reading

N.C. Supreme Court upholds Utilities Commission ruling allowing Duke Energy Progress rate increase

A unanimous N.C. Supreme Court issued an opinion today upholding the N.C. Utilities Commission’s 2013 decision to award Duke Energy Progress a rate increase of $178 million, including a 10.2 percent return on equity. Duke originally had sought an increase of 11.25 percent. The ruling means a legal loss for N.C. Attorney General Roy CooperContinue Reading

N.C. Appeals Court affirms ruling against counties in Hotels.com occupancy tax fight

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals affirmed this morning the state business court’s ruling against Wake, Mecklenburg, Buncombe, and Dare counties in an occupancy tax dispute involving Hotels.com and other online travel companies. The counties had contended that the online travel companies charged their customers a higher rate for hotel roomsContinue Reading

National Review’s assesses political significance of Perry indictment

Former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy enlightens National Review Online readers about the significance of the recent indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It has come to this after six years of Barack Obama’s Chicago-style community-organizer governance: The hard Left no longer believes it necessary to pretend that the rule of law matters. It is politics asContinue Reading