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Phillips, murderer of four, loses Supreme Court bid to avoid death penalty (access required)

Mario Phillips (pictured) will remain on North Carolina’s death row after what was the last state-level appeal of his 2007 first-degree murder convictions for killing four people during a robbery. The North Carolina Supreme Court, with Judge Barbara Jackson not participating, upheld the original conviction and rejected Phillips’ bid for a new trial, finding no errors in the lower court’s rulings. The Supreme Court first heard the appeal in February 2010.

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Civil Practice – Issue Raised on Appeal – Breach of Contract – Collateral Estoppel (access required)

Crumpler v. Avenir Development LLP. Plaintiffs are not entitled to relief when their appeal of a summary-judgment ruling fails to address the arguments raised by defendants below. If the defendants raised issues about a previous settlement agreement between . . .

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