Tag:N.C. Supreme Court

  • Court Strengthens Parents’ Rights

    RALEIGH — In a recent ruling, the N.C. Supreme Court strengthened the right of parents to challenge court determinations that they neglected their children. In reaching its determination, the high court overruled an earlier decision by the N.C. Court of Appeals.

  • Right to Face Accuser Clarified

    RALEIGH — The Bill of Rights guarantees Americans a broad range of rights. This includes the right to face one’s accusers — as the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right … to be confronted with the witnesses against him.”…

  • Court Clarifies Whistleblower Act

    RALEIGH — N.C. law prohibits state agencies from firing employees for reporting governmental wrongdoing. In a ruling Aug. 19, the N.C. Supreme Court clarified the operation and protection of the state’s Whistleblower Act, finding that lower state courts had applied the provisions too narrowly. The case involved a state trooper…

  • Court Defines “Item of Evidence”

    RALEIGH — What is an ”item of evidence?” While seemingly a simple question, the answer is critical in determining whether criminals in North Carolina are eligible for longer sentences. To get a definitive answer required a ruling from the N.C Supreme Court. North Carolina law provides for three sentencing ranges…

  • High Court Rules Against Sex Offender

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court has overturned a lower-court ruling and reinstated the conviction of a South Carolina sex offender who had moved to North Carolina and failed to register with the local sheriff as required by law. The Supreme Court held that the man had adequate notice to…

  • An Unholy Redistricting Mess

    Sorting out the implications of the N.C. Supreme Court's complex ruling on redistricting will take some time, but one clear loser was the cause of judicial restraint.