A federal district court just struck down North Carolina’s extreme congressional gerrymander over the impermissible use of race. It held that Republican legislators violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by using race...Show More Summary
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue the law violates both the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the 14th Amendment, and affects any union a magistrate may claim a religious...Show More Summary
Kay Daly is running for Congress in North Carolina. She has a son named Jack Reagan and a daughter named Reagan Joy. The family’s recently adopted albino cat is named Goneril. The assertions in this sentence are products of ethnographic research rather than journalism or social science. Share
The North Carolina Senate passed a "Taxpayer's Bill of Rights," which would allow voters to choose whether to amend the state constitution by adding a section to limit the growth of state spending to the rate of inflation and population...Show More Summary
Who needs moot court when you've got moot government: A state House committee approved a bill under which North Carolina would join Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota in an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to control the national debt. Show More Summary
Following up on my previous post, North Carolina Senate Cuts $3 Million From UNC Law School Budget: 'The Gene Nichol Transfer Amendment': WRAL, Nichol Opens New Research Project at UNC Law: The Center on Poverty at UNC School of Law may have been shuttered this week, but its work will...
The vendetta against Gene Nichol is childish and destructive: A last-minute amendment by Senate leaders Wednesday docked the University of North Carolina School of Law budget by $3 million. Democrats say it's political payback for the school's employment of legislative critic Gene Nichol. Show More Summary
WRAL News, Senate GOP Docks UNC Law $3M: A last-minute amendment by Senate leaders Wednesday docked the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law budget by $3 million. Democrats say it's political payback for the school's employment of legislative critic Gene Nichol.... Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca... wanted to...
Monday's refusal by the Roberts Court leaves in place a federal appeals court decision that ruled the law violated the First Amendment rights of practitioners. Image: Shutterstock The post Roberts Court Refuses to Hear North Carolina Forced Ultrasound Case appeared first on RH Reality Check.
"Just because someone takes a job with the government does not mean they give up their First Amendment rights."
An ankle bracelet is more than a fashion statement: it's a search. At least according to the Supreme Court's holding in Grady v. North Carolina, which found that a state conducts a Fourth Amendment search when it affixes a device to an individual's body, sans consent, for the purposes......
Adam Bates In a per curiam opinion this week, Grady v. North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court reinforced recent 4th Amendment decisions in holding that when the government physically occupies private property for the purpose of obtaining...Show More Summary
We were on our way to soccer practice when we got the news: North Carolina’s Amendment One had been struck down in the late afternoon on a Friday in October. My seven and a half year marriage to my partner was finally officially a hundred percent legal (in our state). Show More Summary
A North Carolina gun manufacturer has called on the firearm industry to boycott actor Liam Neeson over the Taken 3 star’s controversial comments about guns. In a Facebook post, PARA USA said the company now regretted providing firearms to be used in the Taken 3 film. “While the film...
A decision handed down by the Supreme Court earlier in December may have disturbing implications for Fourth Amendment rights. But Heien v. North Carolina is notable for another reason: it marks the emergence of Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, as the strongest voice for civil liberties on the court. Show More Summary
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of the police in a Fourth Amendment case in which the arresting officer's "mistake of law" led him to conduct an erroneous traffic stop (and subsequent car search) based on a non-existent legal offense. Show More Summary
A North Carolina law requiring physicians to perform an ultrasound, display the sonogram, and describe the fetus to women seeking abortions has been struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Because the intent ofShow More Summary
The Supreme Court today handed down Heien v. North Carolina. An officer stopped a car that had a brake light burned out, and in the course of the stop discovered cocaine. It turns out that the North Carolina traffic statutes...
In a decision issued this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the police in a case arising from an officer’s “mistake of law.” At issue in Heien v. North Carolina was a 2009 traffic stop for a single busted brake light that led to the discovery of illegal drugs inside the vehicle. Show More Summary
Nevertheless, AOC Director Smith claims that magistrates swear an oath to the United States Constitution, and, therefore, have a duty to perform such marriages since two federal judges have ruled the State's Marriage Amendment that defines marriage as one man and one woman is unconstitutional. Show More Summary