Tag:US Supreme Court

  • Redistricting coalition faces tough odds in General Assembly

    A coalition of policy and advocacy groups renewed their efforts to convince the General Assembly to set up an independent redistricting process based on a model adopted in Iowa as a means of ending partisan gerrymandering. The Iowa redistricting model empowers the nonpartisan legislative staff to draw the congressional and…

  • Sentencing Policy Found Unconstitutional

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s sentencing policy, under which a judge determines whether aggravating factors exist when sentencing a criminal, has been found to be unconstitutional. In a ruling July 1, the N.C. Supreme Court held that the state’s sentencing system runs afoul of a defendant’s right to trial by jury.