Courts (page 119)

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    A taxpayer-financing advocate predicted it

    Should we have been surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the matching-funds provision in Arizona’s taxpayer-funded election campaign scheme? A provision mirroring the matching-funds provision in North Carolina’s law? Not if we listened one year ago to Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard professor who warned…
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2011
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    New at CJO: Property linked to Jim Black scandal loses value for Wake schools

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report details the loss in value associated with property that former N.C. House Speaker Jim Black surrendered to the Wake County public schools while paying off a state fine linked to his corruption case.
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2011
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    Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Violent Video Games

    Yesterday, in a 7-2 decision, the nation’s highest court overruled a California law that prohibited the sale of violent video games to minors. Some conservatives, including a dissenting Justice Thomas, argue that this puts more pressure on parents to limit the games their kids play. However, proponents of the Supreme…
    Jonathan W. Martin, June 28, 2011
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    One reason Perry intrigues so many

    While our governor is vetoing medical malpractice legislation, Texas is taking a different approach to litigation. The latest National Review explains: The state of Texas continues to wage war upon the plaintiffs’ bar: It has adopted a “loser pays” provision to discourage frivolous lawsuits. The lawyers howled about…
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2011
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    Another U.S. Supreme Court ruling with N.C. implications

    A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court reversed a 2009 ruling from the N.C. Court of Appeals that allowed North Carolina families to sue Goodyear in this state for the tire company’s alleged role in a 2004 bus crash outside Paris that killed two traveling 13-year-old soccer players. Justice Ruth…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2011
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    AFP responds to the Supreme Court’s taxpayer-financing ruling

    Americans for Prosperity state director Dallas Woodhouse issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an Arizona taxpayer-financed campaign case: “The Supreme Court has now confirmed that a substantial part of North Carolina’s Public Campaign scheme is in fact unconstitutional. We…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2011
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    More from Daren Bakst on the taxpayer-financed campaign ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court

    Daren weighed in on this topic here. Here’s additional commentary: RALEIGH — North Carolina’s General Assembly should repeal its unconstitutional taxpayer-financed campaign system in the wake of a new ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. The John Locke Foundation’s top legal expert reaches that conclusion after…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2011
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    Limiting the judicial branch to its proper role

    A Bloomberg Businessweek article that highlights recent setbacks for trial lawyers arguing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court includes the following observation: Some trial lawyers are resigned that the odds will remain against them in the nation’s highest court. Some of the justices have a “visceral…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2011