Courts (page 2)

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    Gorsuch’s first year on the nation’s highest court

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon assesses the one-year anniversary of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s service on the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch was characterized at the time as a conservative, an originalist as to constitutional interpretation, and a textualist as to statutory interpretation. He followed in the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on expert assessments of Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest courtroom losses. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how peer pressure can produce good public policy.
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2018
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    Democrats, unions preparing for negative Supreme Court ruling

    Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner reports on preparations Democrats and their unionized friends are making for an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Union-friendly lawmakers in several states have been working to make it harder for public-sector employees to opt out of paying union dues, even if the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 10, 2018
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    Trump to replace Ninth Circuit’s ‘liberal lion’

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller discusses the prospects for ideological change on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Fearing a conservative jurist would replace Judge Stephen Reinhardt, the liberal lion of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a prominent progressive legal scholar quietly urged him…
    Mitch Kokai, April 10, 2018
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    N.C. Supreme Court says fired Asheville police officer can get day in court

    A fired Asheville police officer can seek a jury trial in his bid to regain his job and back pay. The N.C. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a lower court ruling to allow officer Robert Frost to pursue his case. Frost had been fired in 2014 after being accused of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2018
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    Kind words for Clarence Thomas from an unlikely source

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller reports on recent praise heaped on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has kind words for her ideological foil. Appearing Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Law School, Sotomayor expressed her deep personal affection for Justice Clarence Thomas.
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2018
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    Gerrymandering and the U.S. Supreme Court’s swing vote

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller hones in on an interesting question from U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments. During oral arguments in a partisan gerrymandering case argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 28, Justice Stephen Breyer floated a rather odd proposal. The case was the second…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2018
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    ‘Appellees [Democrats] have not met their burden in any respect’

    Left-of-center partisans like to crow about the N.C. General Assembly losing case after case in court. They conveniently omit the cases in which lawmakers have prevailed. These include the original 2013 ruling in North Carolina’s first redistricting battle of the decade and the trial-court ruling in the Cooper…
    Mitch Kokai, April 4, 2018