Courts

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    WATCH: JLF’s Mike Schietzelt discusses problems linked to N.C. criminal code

    Mike Schietzelt, John Locke Foundation criminal justice fellow, discusses problems linked to North Carolina’s complicated criminal code for Carolina Journal Radio. Watch the interview here.
    Anna Manning, March 22, 2019
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    Democratic candidates embrace ‘bonehead idea,’ according to Joe Biden of yesteryear

    Think the idea of packing the U.S. Supreme Court with more justices makes sense? Joe Biden disagrees. Or at least the congressional Joe Biden of 35 years ago disagreed. Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon explains. Former vice president Joe Biden slammed the “bonehead idea” of packing…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The N.C. Supreme Court has a new chief justice, new associate justice, and a 6-1 partisan advantage for Democrats. Rick Henderson analyzes the political implications of recent Supreme Court changes for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops critiques Gov. Roy Cooper’s education budget proposals.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2019
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    Clear criminal laws would save money

    In a 2017 white paper on the need to rewrite North Carolina’s criminal code, Jessica Smith, the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government at the UNC School of Government, observed that “ambiguities, loopholes and inconsistencies in the law drive up the cost of criminal…
    Mike Schietzelt, March 19, 2019
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    Appeals Court rules UNC Health Care can charge by the half hour for operations

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has upheld a lower-court ruling favoring UNC Health Care in a class-action lawsuit involving charges for operating room time. Alexander Julian III, a Carrboro-based science fiction writer and not the similarly named fashion designer, had brought the suit. It challenged…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2019
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    Appeals Court rules against Cooper in dispute over fired state worker

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has upheld a lower-court ruling favoring a state worker challenging her firing by Gov. Roy Cooper. The appellate judges agreed the Democrat Cooper did not have the authority to reclassify Veronica Wright’s job in the Office of State Human…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2019
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    Roberts moving left?

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller explores U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts’ recent actions on the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts has made common cause with the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc as late, breaking with his conservative colleagues on cases relating to abortion, the death penalty and…
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online on transparency among N.C. governments. The Daily Journal uses a judge’s recent error as the basis for a lesson about tax rates.
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2019