Tag:Lowrey

  • Justices OK Facebook Ban of Sex Offenders

    RALEIGH — In an October decision, the state’s highest court reinstated a ban on registered sex offenders using certain social media websites, finding that the ban as written does not violate the free speech protections in the First Amendment.

  • Appeals Court OKs Transfer of Asheville Water System

    RALEIGH — The state Court of Appeals reversed a Superior Court ruling, saying that the General Assembly had the authority under the state constitution to shift ownership and control of Asheville’s municipal drinking water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County without compensating the city.

  • Appeals Court: Cyberbullying Law Not Unconstitutional

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Court of Appeals rules that a 2009 law prohibiting the use of the Internet or social media networks to harass a minor does not violate the First Amendment. Because the law said the harassment had to be targeted toward a specific minor and must include…

  • Appeals Court Rules On Privacy Of Info On Stolen GPS

    RALEIGH — In April, the state’s second-highest court again confronted the issue of warrantless searches and seizures by police. In this instance, the court ruled that police needed a search warrant before information on a GPS device held by a suspect would be admissible as evidence in court. It also…

  • Appeals Court Limits Jurors’ Ability To Set School Funding

    RALEIGH — In an April decision, the N.C. Court of Appeals overturned a jury ruling that Union County public schools had not been provided enough money by the county commission, saying that the judge had offered jurors an incorrect interpretation of the landmark Leandro decision that governs state and local…

  • Court: Exclusionary Rule Not Applicable To Driver

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals affirmed that constitutional protections upholding the rights of a criminal suspect may not prevent the government from taking punitive action in a civil proceeding. In this instance, a driver stopped for driving while impaired lost her license even though the stop was ruled…

  • Appeals Court Upholds Six-Year Easement Limitation

    RALEIGH — Duke Energy advanced a number of policy arguments claiming that a six-year statute of limitations was too short, including that the utility would incur “the substantial cost of continuously patrolling [its] easements, [resulting] in higher rates.” The appeals court said that assigning responsibility for those costs was a…