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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. Follow her online at sharonmccloskey.com or @sharonmccloskey.

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Featured Articles Law and the Courts

First Monday in October: The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court term

The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday with several cases set for argument and others waiting in the wings. The high court’s docket for the term is by no means set, and the justices are ...
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Featured Articles Law and the Courts

State court allows voter ID case to proceed to trial, but only after the 2016 presidential primary

North Carolina lawmakers’ late June quick-fix to the voter ID law was not enough to head off the legal challenge to photo ID as a requirement to vote, Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan said in an order issued ...
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Courts in Crisis Featured Articles Law and the Courts

Beleaguered court officials try to find the bright side in a modest state budget

Expectations are so low when it comes to funding the state’s court system that a budget without obvious cuts is now lauded as a victory. “We are pleased that the budget as proposed by the General Assembly recognizes ...
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Education Featured Articles

No quick fix: the school turnaround myth

A conversation with Dale Russakoff, author of “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?” Five years ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, rising Democratic star and Newark mayor Cory Booker and aspiring presidential contender and New Jersey governor ...
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Featured Articles Law and the Courts

Race, not politics, drove 2011 redistricting, plan challengers tell the state’s high court

Attorneys in the cases challenging the state’s 2011 redistricting plan were back before the state Supreme Court Monday morning, arguing whether certain of the districts survive constitutional scrutiny under the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alabama Legislative ...
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Law and the Courts

Redistricting redux: Round three opens at the Supreme Court

It took nearly a decade for North Carolina’s 2001 redistricting plan to wind its way through the courts, resolved finally in 2009, just in time for the next census. The plans signed into law in 2011 don’t look ...
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Law and the Courts

Juror discrimination pushes the death penalty conversation

It’s been more than two years since the General Assembly repealed the Racial Justice Act, eliminating the right of death row inmates here to assert statutory claims of racial discrimination in juror selection. The cases of the few ...
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Law and the Courts

The Voting Rights Act, still alive at 50

On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Voting Rights Act got a shot in the arm from an unlikely source – the traditionally conservative 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Ruling unanimously in Veasey v. Texas, a ...
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Law and the Courts

Death penalty secrecy bill headed to governor’s desk

Secret and swift. That’s what executions in North Carolina would become under a bill headed to the governor’s desk for signature. Despite recent examples of botched prosecutions here that sent innocent men to death row – Henry McCollum ...
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Courts in Crisis

In Greensboro redistricting case, questions about who’ll defend the challenged law

Asheville filed first, suing in May 2013 to keep control of its water system. Charlotte followed shortly after, trying to hold on to its airport. And now it’s Greensboro, hoping to wrest control of its government from the ...
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