Courts

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    Appeals Court ruling favors Asheville hospital in dispute over violent mental patient

    A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Mission Hospital in Asheville cannot be held liable for its decision not to commit a mentally disturbed patient who ended up shooting family members and killing himself. In an opinion that leads with quotations from Rousseau and Aristotle,…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2017
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    Appeals Court rules against fired UNC professor’s pursuit of attorney’s fees

    The tenured UNC-Chapel Hill professor placed on unpaid leave and then fired after a drug smuggling arrest in South America cannot collect attorney’s fees as part of the resolution of his lawsuit against the school. A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Bruce Frampton is…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Twenty years after the N.C. Supreme Court issued its first ruling in the Leandro school funding lawsuit, two recent developments suggest the case might be moving toward a conclusion. Terry Stoops assesses the latest Leandro news for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Kari Travis discusses a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 11, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on concerns surronding a credit-recovery program that allows failing public high school students to graduate. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal explains why N.C. lawmakers should take time to get judicial redistricting right.
    Mitch Kokai, August 3, 2017
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    Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on bad police raid

    George Leef’s latest column for Forbes highlights an unfortunate case of abuse of police power. A case just decided by the Tenth Circuit shows how utterly absurd the “war on drugs” has become, how petty and power-mad the police can be, and how blindly deferential some of our federal…
    Mitch Kokai, August 2, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the grilling legislative attorneys endured during Thursday’s court hearing in a legislative redistricting lawsuit. Lindsay Marchello reports on new developments that could help end a 20-year court fight over school funding in North Carolina. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal examines…
    Mitch Kokai, July 28, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a battle between the state auditor and clerks of Superior Court across North Carolina. The Daily Journal identifies one temporary government commission that might deserve a longer life.
    Mitch Kokai, July 27, 2017
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    Leef highlights a religious-liberty legal victory

    George Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on a recent court ruling that boosted defenders of religious liberty. One reason why ADF has earned the enmity of SPLC (and many others on the Left) is the success it has had in litigating against overreaching government policies that infringe upon Americans’…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017