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Jeopardizing Balance in the State’s Judicial System

By: Nelda Holder At a time when the state of North Carolina is under the judicial microscope for unconstitutional racial gerrymandering in its legislative redistricting, a new set of maps that scramble the state’s established judicial districts has received a loudly voiced “Slow down!” from various quarters. The new maps, released in a mid-summer tweet by Rep. Justin Burr of Albemarle (R-Montgomery/Stanly), reshape judicial lines across the state in ways that affect the entire court system. Judges and district attorneys may be running in different…   Continue Reading »

More Judicial Changes Sought by Legislature

The NC House of Representatives, with little advance discussion before the public, has passed and sent to the Senate a bill to reduce the size of the NC Court of Appeals and to usurp the governor’s authority to appoint special superio court judges or fill vacancies in district courts, according to this report in today’s News & Observer.  

A Searching Mind Reaches New Conclusions

In a searching and elaborately honest guest column by I prix du cialis en pharmacie en france. Beverly Lake Jr. — former North Carolina state senator, Superior Court judge, and chief justice of the NC Supreme Court — the question of justice in the administration of the death penalty is laid bare. Writing specifically about his decades of experience with the law, Lake says, “I have seen too much, and what I have seen has impacted my perspective.” His faith in the criminal justice system, he…   Continue Reading »

Two hundred forty years, and counting …

The North Carolina court system will be celebrating several significant anniversaries between 2016 and 2019 cialis generique en belgique. Chief Justice Mark Martin has announced plans to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the state’s unified court system, the District Court, and the Administrative Office of the Courts (1966-2016), and the Court of Appeals (1967-2017). The anniversary of the district courts will be celebrated in each county during 2016 (see Celebrate.NCcourts.org). Also in line for celebration will be the 200th anniversary of the NC Supreme Court…   Continue Reading »

Quote of the Week: “If companies don’t want to be exposed for mistreating animals or people, they shouldn’t mistreat animals or people.”

The so-called “ag-gag” law passed in June of 2015 (over the governor’s veto) is headed for a federal court challenge. HB 405, the “Property Protection Act,” established a recovery of damages system that could cost an employee up to $5,000 a day for “unauthorized access to property.” Simply put, the act was framed to prevent employees who might enter “nonpublic areas” to document perceived wrongdoing, particularly those who gained employment with such purpose in mind. In an editorial board opinion piece today in The News & Observer…   Continue Reading »

In the Statehouse: Out of the starting gate

Opening for the business of legislating this week, The NC House of Representatives saw 34 legislative bills filed in the initial 2015-2016 volley at the Statehouse, while the Senate posted 13. A number of these early bills are aimed at reversing legislative actions from the most recent session. One, however, which was quickly passed and ratified was Senate Joint Resolution 4, informing Gov. Patrick McCrory that “the General Assembly is organized and ready to proceed with public business and inviting the governor to address a…   Continue Reading »

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