Courts

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Rick Henderson reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Supreme Court chief justice’s proposal to change the way judges take office in the state. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the newly approved state budget strikes the proper balance among spending, building savings, and returning money to…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2017
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    Choose judges on merit, chief justice of NC Supreme Court says

    Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson reports on remarks made Saturday by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin: North Carolina Chief Justice Mark Martin isn’t happy with the way state judges get on the bench. And he’d like voters to decide if they agree with him. At his annual…
    Donna Martinez, June 24, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    While North Carolina’s state government continues to consider new ways to boost the solar energy industry, residents of one Beaufort County community are stepping up their fight against a proposed 600-acre solar project near a local school. Rick Henderson analyzes the Terra Ceia community’s fight for the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, June 23, 2017
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    Research By JLF’s Jon Guze Cited By Pew/USA Today

    The budget being voted upon by state legislators this week includes a provision that changes how the criminal justice system deals with 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes. Under the change, these teens will be handled in the juvenile system, rather than the adults system. There is an exception for…
    Donna Martinez, June 22, 2017
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    Hate speech and free speech

    Rich Lowry explains at National Review Online why the former is the latter. With the Left feverishly attempting to squash unwelcome speech on college campuses, with the president of the United States musing about tightening libel laws, with prominent liberals asserting that so-called hate speech is not protected…
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2017
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    Leef laments loss of key constitutional provision

    George Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on liberal judges’ role in helping to kill an important protection within the U.S. Constitution. Americans who have read our Constitution might recall the words saying that state governments may not “impair the obligation of contracts.” Yet they frequently rewrite or dissolve contracts…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2017
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    Court Decision Could Clear the Way for Final Payments to Eugenics Victims

    JLF’s Jon Guze offers background on North Carolina’s eugenics program — a horrific episode in North Carolina history. Readers who are new to this publication may be shocked to learn that between 1933 when the General Assembly created the state Eugenics Board, and 1977 when the Board was finally…
    Donna Martinez, June 16, 2017
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    Chief justice touts potential benefits of N.C. judicial reforms

    The top officer in the judicial branch of N.C. government is looking at major changes in the way state courts function in the future. Most are designed to increase transparency and improve public access to courts and court documents. N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin discussed those changes, recommended…
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2017