Constitutional Law

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    N.C. Supreme Court splits on issue of defendant who brings multiple guns to school

    In a 5-2 ruling, the N.C. Supreme Court has determined that a man who illegally brought five guns onto a school campus could not be convicted of five separate gun offenses. The decision stems from a 2015 incident in Macon County. Defendant Adam Conley brought the guns and two…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    N.C. Supreme Court favors Cabarrus school system in pension fight

    In a 6-1 ruling, the N.C. Supreme Court has affirmed a lower-court decision throwing out a $208,000 charge to the Cabarrus County school system. The state retirement system had demanded that payment in 2015. The retirement system had applied the state’s 2014 anti-pension-spiking law to Cabarrus’ retiring school superintendent.
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    N.C. Supreme Court sides with attorney general in fight over hog farm ‘slush fund’

    In a 6-1 ruling, the N.C. Supreme Court has upheld the state attorney general’s hog farm “slush fund.” The ruling reverses a decision from the State Appeals Court. The New Hanover County school board had argued that proceeds from the $50 million fund should have gone to schools rather…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    Coronavirus and the Constitution

    Gregory Weiner of the American Enterprise Institute warns against sacrificing important constitutional safeguards while addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Everything about the coronavirus crisis looks and feels like a war that is all the more unsettling because the enemy is invisible and immune to brute force. Yet amid all…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has disrupted everyone’s life. Rick Henderson analyzes the likely impact on 2020 elections for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses the long-term effects of coronavirus-related school closings. N.C. State economist Michael Walden discusses potential short- and long-term impacts on…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2020
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    Supreme Court goes remote

    Kevin Daley of the Washington Free Beacon reports on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the nation’s highest court. The Supreme Court handed down opinions remotely on Monday, marking the first time since Bush v. Gore that the justices issued rulings without reading decisions from the bench during an…
    Mitch Kokai, March 25, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on charities. The Daily Journal emphasizes the importance of constitutional safeguards during an emergency.
    Mitch Kokai, March 24, 2020
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    Concern about a ‘soft police state’

    Ben Stein explains in an American Spectator column why the California governor’s recent actions should cause concern. … [O]ur Governor, “Pretty Boy” Gavin Newsom, had just ordered us Californians to stay indoors and in our homes for the foreseeable future. The reason, of course, is the highly contagious…
    Mitch Kokai, March 23, 2020