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Called for traveling (access required)

In litigation, like real estate, it’s sometimes all about location, location, location. But the North Carolina Court of Appeals apparently wants to make it clear that it is the parties — not judges — who have the right to object ...

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Formal or formality? (access required)

A couple of days ago, the North Carolina Judicial Branch’s communications office posted on its Twitter and YouTube pages a nearly two-minute video full of fashion tips for those having “business at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.” Whether showing up for ...

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War zero (access required)

For years now, 64-year-old Daniel Sullivan Jr. of Morganton has put himself out there to be Special Forces soldier, a Vietnam veteran wounded in combat when an enemy’s bullet pierced his neck. His wartime efforts earned him a Purple Heart ...

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Watch your mouth (access required)

The language of law is rich and varied. Anyone who goes to law school learns a whole new vocabulary. And words, especially in statutes, are open to different meanings and interpretations. But are they open to different pronunciations? Not so ...

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TAXHOVA’s Witness (access required)

If you’re going into the business of preparing tax returns for clients, the No. 1 rule is probably that you shouldn’t start churning out bogus tax returns for them. And you definitely shouldn’t call attention to your business by setting ...

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New era for escapees

Just weeks ago, when a Wilmington jailbird took flight, this Sidebar reporter made a comment to his coworkers wondering why prison inmates bother to escape. “They are always captured,” I wrote on the real-time messaging service our company uses so ...

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Poaching pioneers (access required)

In his mugshot, 23-year-old Paul Simmons Jr. of North Carolina looks reasonably intimidating, to the extent that one can be intimidated by a photograph. This is a good thing for “PJ,” as prison records list him, since he is headed ...

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Slang or slur? (access required)

So much for being courteous and civil to opposing counsel. According to multiple media reports, things got a toad, er, a tad ugly between two Texas lawyers who are facing off against each other in multiple lawsuits. Texas Lawyer was ...

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We knew him when (access required)

If Sidebar ever rises high in politics, no one will be more surprised than his law school classmates. But at least they’ll be in fine company. Two North Carolina attorneys who collected their JDs alongside Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim ...

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