Courts

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    A special counsel for the special counsel

    Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner reports on one novel approach to concerns about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with American politics. President Trump is pushing for the creation of a new special counsel to oversee the work of the special counsel dealing with Russia’s…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2017
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    About That Democratic Majority on the NC Supreme Court

    Are we seeing an impact in court rulings since North Carolina voters gave Democrats a 4-3 partisan majority on the N.C. Supreme Court? Mitch Kokai analyzes the data…and you may be surprised by what he found. The last batch of N.C. Supreme Court opinions for 2017 confirms what court…
    Donna Martinez, December 12, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that a recent change in state law makes North Carolina the only state to comply with all of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ best practices for “rainy day” budget reserves. The Daily Journal explains that the last round of opinions from the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 12, 2017
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    Federalist columnist and JLF analyst pursue same angles in Supreme Court’s cake case

    In addition to Jon Guze’s excellent analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent oral arguments in the Colorado case involving a cake designer and same-sex marriage, you might want to read an assessment from Federalist columnist Margot Cleveland. Focusing on many of the same points Jon emphasizes, Cleveland…
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2017
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    Why the Christian baker case didn’t need to end up at the Supreme Court

    Ryan Anderson explains at National Review Online how this week’s highest-profile U.S. Supreme Court case could have been avoided. The Justices now will decide whether states, consistent with the First Amendment, can force citizens to express support for same-sex marriage through their artistic products. But this case needn’t…
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on Local Government Commission concerns surrounding the precedent of private ownership of a Jones County public school building. The Daily Journal highlights one veteran N.C. jurist’s prediction that the state Supreme Court will avoid a 4-3 partisan split in a case…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2017
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    Liberal legal lion laments lack of basic comprehension of president’s constitutional role

    Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner reports on Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz’s reaction to the latest rumblings about a legal case being made against President Trump. Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz on Monday said President Trump was within his rights as commander in chief when he fired…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2017
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    California’s housing crisis offers lessons to NC

    “The great American single-family home problem” is an excellent piece today from the New York Times.  It looks at the housing crisis in California, but it has lessons for all cities, including those in North Carolina.  It alludes to the importance of Dillon Rule (which I wrote about…
    Julie Tisdale, December 4, 2017