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Defendants seek Riggs’ recusal from 2016 election defamation case

Defendants in a North Carolina Supreme Court defamation case stemming from the 2016 election are seeking Justice Allison Riggs’ recusal. A court document filed Friday points to Riggs’ ties to plaintiffs in the case. Oral arguments in Bouvier v. Porter are scheduled for April 11.

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Media privilege case that prompted state Supreme Court war of words officially ends

A lawsuit over the media’s “fair report privilege” that prompted a war of words among state Supreme Court justices last year has officially ended. The plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal Thursday in Wake County Superior Court.

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Judges uphold five of seven targeted boards in Cooper v. Berger appointments fight

A unanimous three-judge panel has upheld five of seven newly constituted state boards Gov. Roy Cooper had targeted in a lawsuit. The Democratic governor had argued that all seven boards violated the state constitution because Republican lawmakers took away Cooper’s appointment powers.

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NC, Iowa cases challenge federal agency’s actions ignoring Supreme Court

Property owners in North Carolina and Iowa are working with the Pacific Legal Foundation to challenge Army Corps of Engineers actions that appear to ignore US Supreme Court precedent. Federal court documents filed in both states argue that the Army Corps is relying on an interpretation of Clean Water Act rules “soundly rebuked” by the high court in the 2023 case Sackett v. EPA.

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Judges could decide NC elections board dispute by March 8

A three-judge panel overseeing Gov. Roy Cooper’s lawsuit against proposed changes to North Carolina’s state elections board could issue a decision by March 8. The panel predicted a decision “by the end of next week” after holding a 75-minute hearing Wednesday.

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Mecklenburg sheriff, court clerk added as defendants in federal eCourts lawsuit

The latest version of a federal lawsuit challenging the rollout of North Carolina’s eCourts system adds Mecklenburg County’s sheriff and Superior Court clerk as defendants. The suit also adds four new plaintiffs, bringing the total number to 13.

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Legislative leaders support elections board’s arguments in federal voter ID fight

Lawyers for North Carolina’s top legislative leaders are supporting arguments from the State Board of Elections in a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s voter identification law. The move is designed to ensure that lawmakers could participate in any appeals.

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Coming off South Carolina victory, Trump to rally in Greensboro Saturday

In South Carolina's Saturday Republican presidential primary, 60% of voters choose former President Donald Trump as their nominee for the 2024 presidential race. Just over 39% of voters chose the state's former governor, Nikki Haley, as the nominee. The vote comes as North Carolina voters prep for the March 5 primary and as Trump plans a visit to Greensboro this weekend.

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