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North Carolina judge allows voter ID case to go to trial
March 1, 2015
A North Carolina state judge on Friday allowed a lawsuit regarding voter ID laws in North Carolina to proceed to a summer trial, refusing to uphold or strike down the voter requirements as is. The lawsuit, filed by the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, A. Phillip Randolph Institute and and....... [more]

Supreme Court upholds finding that state dental board is anticompetitive
February 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission that because the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners consists mostly of active market participants in the occupation the board regulates, it could only invoke immunity to ant....... [more]

Supreme Court upholds bank robber's conviction
January 13, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously affirmed the conviction of a bank robber for violating the forced accompaniment provision of the Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes section of the US Code, 18 USC 2113(e). An individual is subject to enhanced penalties under 2113(e) when one "forc....... [more]

North Carolina fracking rules challenged
January 6, 2015
Environmental conservation group, Haw River Assembly, filed a lawsuit in the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday, seeking to vacate new rules adopted to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina, claiming that the lawmaking panel that develo....... [more]

North Carolina AG to appeal abortion law ruling
December 26, 2014
North Carolina's Attorney General (AG) Roy Cooper announced Friday that he plans to appeal a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that struck down the state's ultrasound abortion law, the Women's Right to Know Act. The Fourth Circuit held that the law, which requires ph....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules North Carolina abortion law unconstitutional
December 23, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court decision that the Woman's Right to Know Act, which requires physicians to display and describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortions, is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. Writing the unanimous....... [more]

Court rules officer's mistake of law can still justify traffic stop
December 15, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday in Heien v. North Carolina that a police officer's mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion that the Fourth Amendment requires to justify a traffic stop. The case involves the arrest of an automobile passenger for cocaine possession after the driv....... [more]

Affirmative action lawsuit challenges Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill admission policies
November 18, 2014
Lawsuits were filed in Massachusetts and North Carolina federal district courts against Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, arguing that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the country. The lawsuits contend that the US Supreme Cou....... [more]

Federal judge orders South Carolina officials to stop enforcing same-sex marriage ban
November 12, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ordered state officials on Wednesday to stop enforcing South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Richard Mark Gergel based this decision on a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit opinion on Virginia, which held tha....... [more]

Judge officially ends West Virginia ban on same-sex marriage
November 8, 2014
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Friday ruled that West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, several weeks after state officials began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. US District Judge Robert Chambers wr....... [more]

AG Holder announces federal recognition of same-sex marriage in six states
October 26, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to 32....... [more]




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