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Sharon McCloskey

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Sharon McCloskey, former Courts, Law and Democracy Reporter for N.C. Policy Watch, writes about the courts and decisions that impact North Carolina residents. McCloskey also wrote for Lawyers Weekly and practiced law for more than 20 years.

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Law and the Courts

Run or retain – Justices to decide how they keep their seats

Six justices of the state Supreme Court will hear argument this morning in a case that just might determine their own judicial destinies, considering in Faires v. State Board of Elections whether a new law subjecting them to an up-or-down approval vote at the end of their eight-year terms – as opposed to a contested election against a challenger – satisfies the constitutional mandate that justices in North Carolina be “elected.”

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House Bill 2 lands its first challenge; legal scholars examine prejudice, motives behind the anti-LGBT legislation

Three state residents and several gay, lesbian and transgender advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit early yesterday morning challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina House Bill 2, the hastily-enacted law that not only targets transgender individuals by limiting their use of public restrooms to those corresponding to their birth sex but also preempts all local non-discrimination ordinances.

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Greenlighting broadband expansion

Appeals court to decide who draws the lines

The city of Wilson prides itself on being North Carolina’s first gigabit city, offering businesses and residents broadband services with speeds 100 times faster than what’s offered elsewhere in the state.

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Gender identity or birth sex? Appeals court weighs transgender rights in public accommodations

Debate comes as NC legislators seek to flush Charlotte’s LGBT protections

Conservative lawmakers in Raleigh have sounded the alarms in recent weeks over a Charlotte city ordinance extending discrimination protections to transgender individuals, including their rights to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity -- claiming a need to protect children from sexual predators.

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U.S. Supreme Court steps into the abortion TRAP

For the first time in nearly a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court steps back into the battle over abortion rights today, hearing argument in a Texas case that threatens the core principles underlying a woman’s right to choose as first set down in Roe v. Wade.

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The redistricting roadmap

Three separate challenges to North Carolina’s 2011 redistricting plans are pending in state and federal courts here, and each is on a certain path to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Challenge to Supreme Court retention elections set for argument Tuesday (UPDATED)

[Editor’s note: Just two days after hearing arguments in this case, the Court of Appeals panel indicated that it would rule for the plaintiffs and strike down the judicial retention scheme. This article, however, continues to provide invaluable ...
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U.S. Supreme Court to decide fate of congressional primaries

Update: Per SCOTUSblog, the Chief Justice has asked the redistricting plan challengers for a response to the state’s application for a stay, due by 3 p.m. February 16. The fate of North Carolina’s congressional primary elections now rests ...
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State of the Courts 2015

The state court system has reasons to celebrate, according to Chief Justice Mark Martin, but adequate funding isn’t one of them. In late January Martin announced a Celebrate North Carolina Courts initiative to highlight several upcoming milestones, including ...
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Wrapping up the election law cases

The challenge to the state’s voter photo ID law heads to trial in Winston-Salem federal court on Monday, bringing to a close the first chapter of the lawsuits challenging the state’s radical revision of its election laws in ...
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