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Zhou, you speak English? (access required)

A defendant named Heng Zhou has failed to convince the North Carolina Court of Appeals to overturn a trial judge’s contempt finding, after arguing that he doesn’t speak English and should not be expected to comply with court orders he ...

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$2K for missing deadline (access required)

Most federal judges don’t play when it comes to deadlines. Just ask Charlotte lawyer Carrie O’Brien, who earlier this month was hit with a $2,000 sanction for apparently failing to comply with U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen’s scheduling order in ...

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The pay scales of justice (access required)

This Sidebar reporter remembers being a cash-strapped lance corporal, putting on the Marine Corps uniform for pennies a day. Paid on the 1st and 15th, 90 percent of our meager wages fell prey to the subsequent weekend. We had a ...

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A weighted issue (access required)

There are several ways to get thin, should you desire. Eat healthy. Exercise. Crash diet. Or you could simply see yourself through the eyes of one Lincolnton police officer who has declared 160 to 200 pounds to be the new ...

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