Courts

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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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    End Pistol Permit Requirements: A Solution to the Backlog

    This week, a judge ruled that Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker could not suspend pistol permitting approvals during the Coronavirus outbreak. As JLF’s Jon Guze writes in his most recent research brief, Sheriff Baker suspended pistol permitting applications for two reasons: an unmanageable backlog of recently filed applications and…
    Brenee Goforth, April 3, 2020
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    N.C. Judge Rules Pistol Permit Applications Must Go On

    On Tuesday, March 24, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker suspended pistol permit and concealed-carry services in light of the coronavirus outbreak. That week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief explaining that Baker did not have the statutory or constitutional authority to make that decision. That Friday, The…
    Brenee Goforth, April 2, 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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    International Criminal Court targets U.S.

    David Davenport writes for the Washington Examiner about disturbing developments from the International Criminal Court. Since its creation in 1998, many have understood the International Criminal Court to be a way for those in the world who oppose but cannot match America’s military power to attack it legally…
    Mitch Kokai, March 18, 2020
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    Appeals Court panel tosses out death threat conviction based on Facebook post

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has thrown out a death threat case against a Macon County man. He had been convicted in 2018 of using a Facebook post to threaten the local district attorney. In opinions taking up 123 pages, appellate judges explained why David Taylor’s social media comments…
    Mitch Kokai, March 17, 2020