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Speaking for the dead (access required)

Comments that an attorney made during a trial pitting two brothers against their late father’s lover came back to haunt the siblings on appeal. Earl and Henry Fortner argued at the Court of Appeals that a trial judge erred in ...

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On your mark, get set, SLOW! (access required)

Today’s street slang includes the popular phrase/piece of advice, “stay in your lane.” Laconically, it translates to “mind your business.” Well, a Henderson County motorist learned from the state Supreme Court that he could adhere to both the literal and ...

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A man’s gotta have his beer

In America, freedom is not only cherished and appreciated, but expected. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly — these are rights bestowed upon every American and they do not expire. But what good is freedom if a ...

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Can’t make this up (access required)

Teaching the art of applying makeup is free speech, argues a Mecklenburg County woman in a civil rights suit against the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners. Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani is a war refugee who wants to open a makeup ...

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Rebel without a case (access required)

After a two-year, $10 million renovation, the York County Courthouse reopened earlier this year to a mostly warm reception. It featured refurbished wood floors, cathedral-style ceilings, and elevators. What it did not feature is the Confederate flag and portraits of ...

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Earmarking in arrears (access required)

There’s falling behind on your child support payments, and there’s falling behind more than $300,000 on your child support payments. Somehow, Dr. David Gerlach managed to do the latter. According to a court ruling in the case involving Gerlach and ...

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