Courts

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    How judges and justices in North Carolina can lose their jobs

    Judges and Supreme Court Justices are elected to fixed terms in North Carolina. However, circumstances sometimes require that they be removed before their terms are over. There are three ways to removed judges or justices from office in North Carolina. The first, according to Article IV…
    Andy Jackson, September 20, 2021
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    Locke’d and Loaded: Democrats Seek to Overturn 2018 Voter ID Amendment in North Carolina

    Four Democrat justices on the North Carolina Supreme Court could become the “Usurper Four” if they manage to remove two of their colleagues from a case involving constitutional amendments that were approved in 2018.
    Mitch Kokai, September 13, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on the state Supreme Court’s decision to allow some felons to vote in upcoming elections. John Hood’s CJ Opinion asks what’s more democratic than an election.
    Mitch Kokai, September 13, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on Republican lawmakers firing back after a judge issued threats regarding his state school funding order. Joshua Peters’ CJ Opinion asks whether common ground can be reached in teaching history.
    Mitch Kokai, September 10, 2021
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    Biden Versus the Supreme Court in 2022

    Naomi Lim of the Washington Examiner labels the U.S. Supreme Court the Biden administration’s top 2022 opponent. President Joe Biden’s sweeping liberal policy priorities already face a recalcitrant Senate. But he is increasingly finding his agenda at odds with another adversary: the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court’s decision…
    Mitch Kokai, September 7, 2021
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    Supreme Court Deals Multiple Blows to Biden

    Kevin Daley of the Washington Free Beacon documents disappointing news for the Biden administration at the nation’s highest court. The Biden administration is struggling to find its footing in the Supreme Court. Thursday night’s decision ending the federal ban on evictions is the latest in a string of…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Carolina Journal Online reports that the N.C. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in a case challenging the state’s voter ID and tax-cap constitutional amendments. The latest CJ Opinion examines a pair of court cases that explore just how closely a public charter school is tied to state…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2021
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    Was Michael Byrd’s Killing of Ashli Babbit Justified?

    *BBC photo source In a recent piece at the Hill, legal scholar Jonathan Turley suggests the answer is probably, “No.” Responding to a recent NBC interview in which Byrd claimed the shooting “saved countless lives,” Turley says: I have long expressed doubt over the Babbitt…
    Jon Guze, August 29, 2021