Courts (page 8)

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    N.C. Supreme Court to address elections board dispute in August

    The N.C. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments next month in the case pitting Gov. Roy Cooper against state legislative leaders. At stake is the law creating a new eight-member, bipartisan state elections and ethics board. Read more details here.
    Mitch Kokai, July 20, 2017
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    Cato’s Ilya Shapiro recaps key developments from U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016-17 term

    The U.S. Supreme Court saw a rare personnel change in the past year, as Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch took the seat vacated when Antonin Scalia died in 2016. Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, used a…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2017
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    Court cites separation of powers in refusing to order state payment to Richmond County schools

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court and ruled that courts cannot order the state to pay $272,300 owed to the Richmond County public school system. Writing for the court, Judge Richard Dietz explains that the school system failed to secure an…
    Mitch Kokai, July 18, 2017
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    Appeals Court upholds verdict in murder of Democratic activist Jamie Hahn

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder verdict against Jonathan Broyhill in the killing of Jamie Hahn. Appellate judges agreed that Broyhill had received a “fair trial, free from error” in the 2013 fatal stabbing of Hahn and an attack on her…
    Mitch Kokai, July 18, 2017
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    Carolina-Connected Case Looks at Liability of Social Media

    JLF’s Jon Guze examines a case filed by the daughter of Raleigh attorney and former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Jim Cain. Anne Cameron Cain’s husband was killed in a 2016 terrorist attack in Brussels. In January of this year, Cameron and Nohemi’s mother, Beatriz Gonzalez, sued Twitter for punitive damages…
    Donna Martinez, July 17, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that Gov. Roy Cooper’s refusal to appoint members to a new statewide elections and ethics board is causing chaos for some local elections offices. Kari Travis interviews Gary Salamido of the N.C. Chamber about the group’s plan to open a new…
    Mitch Kokai, July 14, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the state auditor’s recommendation of more oversight in N.C. offices of Superior Court clerks. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal laments the overuse of “expertise” in the political process.
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2017
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    Another chance for Trump to make his mark on the judiciary

    Jonathan Adler comments at the Washington Post‘s “Volokh Conspiracy” blog about the latest potential high-profile judicial vacancy. [Janice Rogers] Brown has been a distinctive voice on the D.C. Circuit, and has authored numerous provocative and attention-getting opinions. These include her recent opinion lamenting the lack of meaningful political…
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2017