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    SB 455, Decriminalize non-Statutory Offenses is a good idea

    North Carolina’s criminal code is a mess. The sheer number of criminal laws and regulations are inaccessible and haphazardly organized so as to make it virtually impossible for regular citizens to know, understand and comply without breaking the law as they go about their everyday life, jobs and businesses. Citizens…
    Becki Gray, May 5, 2021
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    IN BOX: Speaker Moore Proposes Legislation Cracking Down on Riots and Civil Disorder

    I received this news release from House Speaker Tim Moore’s office on Monday, about a bill likely to be taken up in the next few days. Raleigh, N.C. – Today, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) along with Reps. McNeill (R-Moore, Randolph), Miller (R-Brunswick) and Sauls (R-Lee) introduced legislation significantly increasing penalties…
    Donna Martinez, May 4, 2021
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    Landmark Second Amendment Ruling Could Be On Its Way

    It could be the first major Second Amendment ruling in a decade. We’re talking about the case called New York Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett, which the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear. Locke’s Mitch Kokai talked about the case with Campbell Law School professor Greg Wallace, who is…
    Donna Martinez, April 28, 2021
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    I Can’t Wait To Read Justice Barrett’s Book

    She is the newest member of the United States Supreme Court, a trailblazing woman who is about to add another accomplishment to her resume. The Associated Press reports that Justice Amy Coney Barrett has a book deal, confirmed to AP by the head of a Penguin Random House imprint.
    Donna Martinez, April 23, 2021
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    Guess who will co-chair President Biden’s commission to review the federal courts

    Candidate Joe Biden told CBS News he would appoint a commission to look at the federal court system because they are ‘out of whack.’ He said it wasn’t about court packing, but other things. Now that commission is being assembled, according to Will it be partisan in…
    Donna Martinez, February 15, 2021
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    Collusive Settlements: How Friendly ‘Opponents’ Team Up To Overturn Laws

    “Legislators, regardless of party, have an interest in making sure that the laws they pass are not dismantled through collusive lawsuit settlements between executive agencies and like-minded litigants.” From Andy Jackson’s Jan. 19 analysis of election integrity in North Carolina You may not even…
    Donna Martinez, January 20, 2021
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    Split Decisions Ahead For NC’s Supreme Court? Maybe Not.

    Voters in 2020 gave Republicans more seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court, including elevating Republican Paul Newby to the Chief Justice seat. But Democrats maintain a 4-3 political advantage on the court. So what does it mean for future rulings? That’s the question addressed by Mitch Kokai, the…
    Donna Martinez, January 7, 2021
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    Tuesday 10 am Update: Paul Newby Leads By 367 Votes In Chief Justice Race

    UPDATED AT 10 AM: Can it get any closer? The State Board of Elections website shows that the last vote count added to the Election 2020 total occurred Tuesday morning. In the race for Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Republican Paul Newby maintains a lead of…
    Donna Martinez, November 17, 2020