Opinion

New anti-Beasley ad raises questions about her N.C. Supreme Court record

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cheri Beasley says in a recent campaign ad, “In the Senate, I’ll never stop fighting to make North Carolina safe.” A new anti-Beasley ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee calls that promise into question. NRSC unveiled the ad titled “Victims” on Friday, four days before Beasley was expected to win...

Mitch Kokai
Opinion

A leak in the court’s foundation

Not surprisingly, the leak of a draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ignited a firestorm of protests and media coverage. Most of the media coverage—and all of the protests—have focused on the reasoning and outcome of the draft. But there’s another aspect to the story: the apparent erosion of confidentiality and trust at the Supreme...

Mark Martin
Opinion

I lost my daughter due to toxic water exposure—I deserve my day in court

For decades, veterans, their families, and civilian staff stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina have sought justice for the unlawful exposure to toxic water. Due to an obscure North Carolina statute, those impacted have been denied the opportunity to seek justice via the judicial system. Proposed legislation currently under review in...

J.M. Ensminger
News

Cooper says his budget would cover unfunded Leandro items

As the N.C. Supreme Court is considering its next steps in the long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit, Gov. Roy Cooper has added a new twist to the dispute. Cooper’s proposed 2022-23 state budget adjustments would cover portions of a court-ordered Leandro compliance plan that remain unfunded to date.

CJ Staff
News

Appeal urges N.C. Supreme Court to clarify legal challenges to government rulings

A new appeal to the N.C. Supreme Court could have an impact on North Carolinians’ ability to challenge government agency decisions. Without action from the state’s highest court, plaintiffs predict significant challenges for people fighting bad government rulings.

CJ Staff

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Appeals Court to decide whether UNC System students can seek refunds from COVID semester

The University of North Carolina System could be forced to refund portions of fees charged to students across the state in spring 2020, depending on the outcome of a case heard Tuesday morning at the N.C. Court of Appeals.

CJ Staff
Opinion

Progressive prosecutors have unintended impact on crime

If you’re looking for a good example of the law of unintended consequences, search no further than the actions of so-called “progressive prosecutors.” In the name of reforming the criminal justice system, they end up making conditions even worse. “I think the best way to define a progressive prosecutor is someone who uses his or...

Mitch Kokai
Video

Carolina Journal’s Donna King discusses the U.S. Supreme Court abortion case leak

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses the shocking leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion in a high-profile abortion case. King offered these comments during the May 6, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

Donna King
News

State Supreme Court agrees to take up felon voting case

The N.C. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could allow felons to vote in upcoming state elections. A victory for plaintiffs could open the door for 56,000 voters who are on parole, probation, or post-release supervision. The decision will not affect voting in the May 17 primary.

CJ Staff
News

Raleigh seeks Appeals Court review of suit challenging water, sewer fees

Raleigh is asking the N.C. Court of Appeals to take up a case of developers challenging city fees charged for new water and sewer users. Millions of dollars are at stake. Lawyers for the capital city filed paperwork Thursday with the state’s second-highest court.

CJ Staff