Law and the Courts

Law and the Courts

Iliana Santillán-Carrillo, of El Pueblo, works with members of Raleigh’s immigration community to teach the basics of North Carolina and federal law at a meeting Monday. (Photos by Melissa Boughton.)
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

Advocates, lawyers try to prepare for unclear immigration future

The future of immigrants in America is uncertain, to say the least. As the fear of mass deportations grows, so does the likelihood that immigrant communities will be forced to shrink back into the shadows.

President-elect Donald Trump made his stance on immigration clear during the election: he threatened more deportations, touted a plan to build an extensive wall between America and Mexico, and said he would add U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

...
Read more 0
falseltaccused
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

McCrory protests incorrectly accuse nearly half of voters in filings of having felonies

Barron McCollum received an official letter at 10 a.m. last week asking him to appear at a Forsyth County Board of Elections hearing at 9 a.m. that same day to defend his vote in the general election.

The 66-year-old Winston-Salem man had to call the local elections office twice before he received any information about what was going on, and what he actually got was scant: “Your case has been dismissed.”

...
Read more 1
protest-map
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

Election protesters: NCGOP attorneys supplied complaint information in governor’s race

Attorneys identified as representing the North Carolina Republican Party supplied information about potential voter fraud to residents and then asked them to sign protests before filing the paperwork with local election boards, according to election protesters.

Protesters in Craven, Cumberland, Forsyth and Hoke counties said they would not have filed election protests had the attorneys, who identified themselves as being associated with the NC GOP, not contacted them with the names of voters accused of fraud.

...
Read more 4
courts-adobestock-400
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

Lawmakers differ on whether court-packing proposal is on the table

Veteran House member says matter explored in GOP caucus; others deny it

Republican legislative leaders have remained silent over the last week about whether or not a possible court-packing plan for the North Carolina Supreme Court could come to fruition at a special legislative session expected to be called early next month to deal with the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. Now, they’re making conflicting claims about where things stand.

House Republican Rep. Chuck McGrady from Henderson County said Thursday that expanding the state's highest court was discussed in House Republican caucus earlier this week, and while representatives were split on the issue, he didn't get a sense of momentum.

...
Read more 3
Illustration of Mike Morgan and Bob Edmunds
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

GOP legislative leaders could make rare court-packing move to keep partisan control of state Supreme Court

North Carolina voters have spoken, and they tipped the state Supreme Court to a Democratic majority Tuesday, but there’s a possibility that the Republican-led legislature will attempt to gain partisan control again before the end of the year ...
Read more 11
justices-400
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

The men and the money behind North Carolina’s State Supreme Court race

How do you keep the North Carolina Supreme Court race nonpartisan when the ideological makeup of the bench hangs in the balance?

There’s not really an answer, especially this year, when so much is at stake and big outside money wants a say.

...
Read more 3
archi-10-27-2016-400
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

Unusual NC Supreme Court action has significant impact on immigrants in legal system

Archie Nkiam was 22, going to school full-time for electrical engineering and working two jobs when he got caught up in the Wake County criminal justice system.

To his public defender, he was just an average kid who got carried away with the wrong crowd; book smart but not very street savvy.

...
Read more 0
manning
Law and the Courts

Judge Howard Manning steps away from landmark education case

Judge Howard Manning will no longer oversee Leandro v. State, the landmark education lawsuit that he has presided over for nearly 20 years. Manning made a request to be removed from the case, and Chief Justice Mark Martin ...
Read more 2
hb2-legislative-priv
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

McCrory seeks protection from explaining involvement in crafting HB2

Governor, legislative leaders claim communications are privileged

Gov. Pat McCrory has indicated in a court filing seeking legislative privilege that he had more to do with the preparation and introduction of House Bill 2 than he previously let on.

...
Read more 0
NCPW-CC-2014-08-21-SCOTUS-web
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

First Monday in October: Cases to watch in the new U.S. Supreme Court term

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016-17 term will commence today, and experts agree that with the court one justice down, some hot-button issues may not be so hot this year. The court’s docket is by no means set, and while there are issues of race, religion and immigration to be reviewed, the 40 cases justices have agreed to hear are, for the most part, very technical.

The court appears to be avoiding extremely partisan cases because of its hobbled state since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death and its current 4-4 ideological split among justices, which could lead to deadlocks. That will soon be tested though when a decision is handed down about whether the court will take up Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., a bathroom policy issue involving a transgender student in Virginia.

...
Read more 5
hunter-801
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

HB2 update: Inside the federal courthouse at yesterday’s hearing

With elbow-length winter-white hair, and wearing black shorts and a sleeveless shirt, Hunter Schaefer looked vaguely Nordic. Her celery-thin legs were jammed into thick-soled, black platform shoes, and, like many girls and boys in their early teens, she seemed coltish.

...
Read more 2
State-Supreme-Court-400
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.”

...
Read more 1
ACLU_EQUALITY-LAWSUIT
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

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.

...
Read more 1
Source: Greenlightnc.com
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

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.

...
Read more 2
RESTROOMS-400
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

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.

...
Read more 1
sm-302
Featured Articles Law and the Courts

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.

...
Read more 2

Send this to friend