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Who knew “It’s a Wonderful Life” Would Make Its Way Into a NC Supreme Court Opinion

Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby's concurring opinion in State v. Jones uses a classic film to make a point.

From Mitch Kokai:

Newby also crafted the most amusing opinion handed down today. In the unanimous decision of State v. Jones, Newby offered a concurring opinion relying on the longstanding judicial principles of … “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

In Jones the high court reversed the N.C. Court of Appeals in a Wayne County case. Justices ruled that a contract truck driver could be convicted of larceny for trying in 2012 to use nearly $120,000 deposited into his bank account because of a clerical error.

Newby’s five-page concurrence used Jones to revisit “the timeworn question” arising from Frank Capra’s classic 1946 holiday movie: “Was Old Man Potter simply morally corrupt, or was he also guilty of a crime?”

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Donna Martinez / Senior Writer and Editor

Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. He...