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The North Carolinian Caption Contest (access required)

In last week’s paper, Lawyers Weekly covered a proposed constitutional amendment to be placed before the voters this fall that would strip the governor (currently a Democrat) of the power to fill vacancies in the state’s judiciary and transfer the ...

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What would Robert Frost do? (access required)

The Little Linguists Language Academy in Boone had a problem—neighbors were using the circular gravel driveway in front of the school as a cut-through road. The academy’s owners, Daniel and Carroll Olson, concerned about the safety of their students, remedied ...

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Silence not his forte (access required)

Jimmy Lee Forte Jr. just would not be quiet. According to records, he interrupted his court-appointed lawyer and the trial judge so often that the court found that he involuntarily forfeited his right to counsel. Leading his own defense, and ...

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You’re going to need a bigger bench (access required)


When the North Carolina Supreme Court comes to town for a special session, you do what needs to be done to make sure the justices are comfortable. In Buncombe County, that meant expanding the bench inside the 90-year-old courthouse in Asheville ahead of the seven justices’ arrival on May 16. The bench in question has three seats for the judge, clerk and a testifying witness.

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Wait, don’t I know you? (access required)

Going to jail is bad. Going back to jail while the ink is still wet on your last fingerprint card is horrible. Just after midnight on Sept. 6, 2015, North Wilkesboro police officer Tyler Hall approached a familiar-looking car at ...

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