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Civil Practice – Appeals – Rules Violations – Dismissal

Plaintiff, in prison for the 2011 murder of her boyfriend, appeals the trial court’s dismissal of her 2021 defamation complaint arising out of defendants’ 2013 and 2014 stories about plaintiff’s criminal trial and appeal. In her pro se appeal, plaintiff has violated so many of our appellate rules that she has frustrated our ability to conduct a meaningful review; for example, her brief cites only to case names, the majority of which are extra-jurisdictional and non-binding on the court.

Because of the multiple violations of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure, we dismiss plaintiff’s appeal.

Mangum v. WRAL-5 News (Lawyers Weekly No. 012-430-22, 14 pp.) (Jeffery Carpenter, J.) Appealed from Wake County Superior Court (Mark Sternlicht, J.) Crystal Mangum, pro se; Amanda Martin for defendants. 2022-NCCOA-696

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