NC Supreme Court

Local News
9:29 am
Tue March 31, 2015

In NC Case, US Supreme Court Rules Tracking Device Is A Search

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that North Carolina courts were wrong to decide that GPS ankle bracelets don't count as searches.

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Local News
9:40 am
Wed February 25, 2015

NC Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Taxpayer Funds Flowing To Private Schools

The building that houses the N.C. Supreme Court in Raleigh.
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North Carolina state government has paid about $4 million in private school tuition this year. It’s part of the Opportunity Scholarship program, which has paid up to $4,200 to mostly religious schools on behalf of 1,200 low-income students.

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Local News
1:54 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

More Voters Get To The End Of The Ballot In 2014

Credit Mecklenburg County

In addition to electing new federal, state and local lawmakers, North Carolinians voted for 144 new judges, from the state’s Supreme Court down to district courts. Fewer people vote in these lower information, non-partisan, down ballot races—it’s called “roll-off”— but this year more people made it all the way through.

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Local News
2:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Recount To Determine Seat On NC Supreme Court

The race between Cheri Beasley (left) and Mike Robinson (right) will depend on a recount.
Credit Courtesy of Campaigns

The North Carolina Board of Elections says there will be a recount in a race for State Supreme Court.

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10:13 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Controversial 'Justice For All NC' PAC Returns For Late Push On Judges

One new Justice For All NC ad
Credit Via Youtube

One of the most controversial special interest groups in North Carolina is back. The group is Justice For All NC. They are a conservative political action committee. They have a lot of cash and they very much want to influence your choice for North Carolina’s Supreme Court. 

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Local News
10:26 am
Mon October 27, 2014

An Odd Name Game On The Ballot

Credit From the 2014 ballot

There’s an odd thing about this year’s election ballot: In all four races for North Carolina’s Supreme Court, a known conservative candidate is listed first. Their liberal counterparts, second.

The races are officially non-partisan but that name placement may give a significant boost to those at the top.

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Local News
9:12 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Record Campaign Cash For Judges. But Are There Rules To Keep Justice Fair?

Campaign finance records show $1.3 million were spent on North Carolina’s sole Supreme Court primary this year.  It’s a dubious state record that raises concerns over the impartiality of justices relying on big dollar donations to keep their seats.

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Local And State Elections
12:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A Closer Look At 'Child Molester' Attack Ad And Where Money Funding It Comes From

The North Carolina Bar Association has condemned an ad that attacks state Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson in her re-election campaign. The 30-second spot claims Hudson “sided with child molesters” in a case that involved GPS tracking devices. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen looks at that ad and the group behind it.

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9:17 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Awkward World Of Judicial Stump Speeches

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

In seven weeks, North Carolinians will go to the polls for the state  primary elections.  This means candidates for all kinds of offices are out wooing voters and raising money. For those trying to become elected judges - the process is a bit strange.  And even the candidates worry it may hurt the credibility of the state’s highest courts. 

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Local News
7:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Majority Of Supreme Court Seats Up For Grabs. Are They Also Up For Sale?

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Later this year North Carolina voters will have a chance to do something rare – elect four of the seven justices on the State Supreme Court.  There will likely be record amounts of money poured into those races.  So much so that some are worried that justice may seem for sale.

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