A new North Carolina law signed last month takes aim at students who harass their teachers on Facebook. And it appears to make an effort to speak their language.
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It wasn’t a coincidence that the North Carolina Utilities Commission brought in an outsider to lead its investigation into Duke Energy’s abrupt decision to fire its chief executive officer only hours after its merger with Progress Energy became final.Read More »
After she was fired from the Guilford County Department of Social Services in 1999, Sandra Wilkins sued the agency, claiming that an increased dosage of Adderall for her attention deficit disorder had caused a drop-off in her performance and led to the firing. But the Court of Appeals found four years later that her performance didn’t decline with the new dosage; in fact, after a month on that dosage, Wilkins received the second-highest rating on a job performance evaluation.
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Charles Boswell claims he was walking to his girlfriend’s apartment late one night when Oxford police officer Kenneth Bullock stopped him and asked him who he was and where he was going. Boswell didn’t respond well to being questioned, and Bullock attempted to place him under arrest for disturbing the peace. But Boswell made a run for it.
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As every political news junkie knows by now, North Carolina State Rep. Stephen LaRoque (R-Lenoir) resigned his position July 25 after being indicted by a federal grand jury. LaRoque faces four counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds and four counts of money laundering over his management of a non-profit group that administered loans to small businesses.
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A word of warning to attorneys who create their own websites: Be sure to proofread carefully. Otherwise, you might wind up with some highly unfortunate typos. Christopher Connelly, a criminal defense attorney in Charlotte, maintains a website that includes a number of FAQ pages. One of these is a page for “Public Masturbation FAQ,” which raises an obvious question—just how frequently are people asking attorneys for guidance in this matter?Read More »
A North Carolina judge has bench-slapped two brothers who languish in jail because they refuse to walk away from land that has been in their family for more than a century. Carteret County Superior Court Judge Benjamin G. Alford hit Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels with $11,000 in sanctions on June 12 for filing frivolous motions from behind bars. It’s just the latest in a series of setbacks for the stubborn pair.Read More »
A.P. Carlton, an attorney with Raleigh’s Allen Pinnix & Nichols, has filed a counterclaim against the North Carolina State Bar on behalf of his new client, Lienguard, an Illinois-based commercial lien filing service. In 2010, the bar’s authorized practice committee sent Lienguard a cease-and-desist letter saying that the company’s filing of claims of lien was “illegal and must end immediately.”Read More »
Repercussions from the power outage at the bar exam continued to ripple through the law grad community last week as more than 1,200 test takers awaited word on how the N.C. Board of Law Examiners would respond to the incident. Would the board mandate a retake of the Tuesday afternoon section? Would graders consider the circumstances when evaluating the essays? And just how were hard-working law grads supposed to relax on their well-deserved post-bar Caribbean vacations with this issue unresolved, anyway?Read More »