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Sep 22, 2023

September 2023 Bonus Issue

Here’s the Septmber 2023 Bonus Issue as a free preview PDF.

Sep 21, 2023

NC Republicans end bid to expand gambling

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders ditched efforts this year to dramatically multiply legal gambling in the state, announcing Tuesday that they will instead pass a final budget without it that also will trigger Medicaid coverage to begin for hundreds of thousands of adults. “We think this is the best, most prudent way for […]

Aug 21, 2023

Ally commits nearly $1 billion to housing initiatives 

CHARLOTTE — Ally Financial Inc. has announced nearly $1 billion in giving and capital deployment in 2023 to address the wealth gap and barriers to economic mobility through housing initiatives. More than $4 million in grants and investments will be deployed in Ally's hometowns of Detroit and Charlotte to support affordable housing initiatives.

Jul 5, 2023

My goal: Provide the information that you need now 

Hello. My name is Ross Chandler, and I am honored to have been named editor of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. I hope that this introduction will be the first step you and I take together on a long, fruitful journey.  My goal on this “trip” is simple: Provide you with the most up-to-date information from […]

Jun 26, 2023

Tourist sub’s implosion draws attention to murky regulations of deep-sea expeditions

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When the Titan submersible made its fateful dive into the North Atlantic on Sunday, it also plunged into the murkily regulated waters of deep-sea exploration. It’s a space on the high seas where laws and conventions can be sidestepped by risk-taking entrepreneurs and the wealthy tourists who help fund their dreams. […]

Jun 12, 2023

Civil Practice – Service of Process – Untimely – Summons Issuance

Plaintiff filed his complaint on 25 October 2021. A summons was not issued within five days, so the action abated. Defendant filed his motion to dismiss the action on 29 November 2021, several days before plaintiff caused a summons to be issued on 2 December 2021. Accordingly, the action was not revived upon the issuance […]

Jul 26, 2021

Criminal Practice — Armed Robbery – Taser – Harbison Inquiry – Contempt – Standard of Proof

In order to ensure that the victim could not defend himself, defendant used a stun gun to incapacitate the victim while defendant’s boyfriend beat the victim, which included beating the victim on his head. Since the jury could conclude from this evidence that the stun gun was used as a deadly weapon, the trial court […]

Jun 25, 2021

Domestic Relations — Parent & Child – TPR – Abandonment – Willfulness – Post-Petition Activity

After losing his temper at a supervised visitation and having his visitation with “Ian” suspended until he completed an anger management program, the respondent-father refused to engage with DSS or to pursue any of his case plan objectives until he received notice a year and a half later that DSS had petitioned to terminate his […]

Jun 22, 2021

Starvation is inherently malicious, Supreme Court rules 

  The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a Gaston County man who starved his 4-year-old disabled stepson to death, finding that the requisite malice for a murder by starvation conviction is present when a parent withholds sufficient nourishment from a child, even if they provide some food and water.   The ruling affirmed the state Cou[...]

May 29, 2021

Criminal Practice — Alford Plea – Motion to Withdraw – Post-Sentencing – Restitution Amount

Even though defendant’s Alford plea to assault inflicting serious bodily injury was entered under defendant’s alleged misconception as to the amount of money involved in restitution, since the trial court made a careful inquiry of defendant regarding his decision to plead, and since defendant executed a transcript of plea form—which said that sentencing would be […]

May 22, 2021

Domestic Relations — Parent & Child – Visitation – Father’s Authority – Costs

When the trial court awarded the respondent-mother supervised visitation, it erroneously delegated its judicial function to the children’s father by allowing him to choose the supervised visitation facility. A trial court may not delegate to the custodial parent the court’s authority to decide “when, where, and under what circumstances” the noncustodial parent may visit her […]

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