Tag:N.C. Supreme Court

  • Cooper, NCGA will butt heads over Opportunity Scholarships

    Gov. Roy Cooper says he wants to defund North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program against the will of North Carolina’s conservative legislative majority. “Obviously there will be no voucher funding in any budget that I propose with the General Assembly,” Cooper told The Associated Press before his…

  • Court: Cyberbullying law violates First Amendment

    In 2009, the General Assembly passed a law prohibiting online bullying of juveniles. The rarely-used law recently was struck down as unconstitutional, with the N.C. Supreme Court holding that the poorly worded law violates First Amendment free-speech rights. During the 2011-12 school year, Dillion Price was a sophomore at Southern…

  • State Justices Uphold Tenure For Current Teachers

    In an April decision, the state’s highest court held that the General Assembly had violated the U.S. Constitution when it stripped teachers of tenure protection. The N.C. Supreme Court’s decision in large part was based on the state’s failure to show such a dramatic step was reasonable and necessary. In…

  • Court Rules in Radio Tower Case

    RALEIGH — In the United States, the federal government plays the primary role in setting aviation policy and ensuring air safety. In a recent ruling involving Rowan County, the state’s second highest court has held that local governments, too, have a role to play through zoning to protect the airspace…

  • Court Rules in Drug Test Case

    RALEIGH — Is a positive drug test, by itself, sufficient to convict someone of drug possession under N.C. law? The answer, according to the N.C. Supreme Court, is no. In reaching its decision, the court upheld an earlier ruling by the state’s second highest court, though for somewhat different reasons.

  • Court Rules County Violated Contract

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court has ruled that Edgecombe County improperly threatened to withhold a special separation allowance from a recently retired sheriff’s deputy if he took a job as a part-time police officer at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

  • Court Defines ‘Dangerous Weapon’

    RALEIGH — What is a “dangerous weapon?” Is the meaning the same in all cases where the phrase or something similar is used in North Carolina criminal law? Those question where among the issues at the heart of a recent N.C. Supreme Court decision.