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Nov 22, 2023

4th Circuit strikes down Maryland gun law

BALTIMORE — A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Maryland’s handgun licensing law, finding that its requirements, which include submitting fingerprints for a background check and taking a four-hour firearms safety course, are unconstitutionally restrictive. In a 2-1 ruling, judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said they considered the […]

Nov 14, 2023

Maryanne Trump Barry, retired US judge and ex-president’s sister, dies at 86

NEW YORK — Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired federal judge and former president Donald Trump ‘s oldest sister, has died at age 86 at her home in New York. Until her retirement in 2019, Barry was a senior judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a level below the Supreme Court. The NYPD […]

Aug 19, 2022

Court of Appeals to reveal judges’ petition votes 

Operating on a 90-day delay, the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Aug. 1 began disclosing the identity and votes of judges who rule on petitions filed with the court, according to a July 29 news release. The court will disclose in real-time whether a petition was decided by a unanimous or majority vote.   A […]

May 10, 2022

COA: Prison inmate may receive compensation for value of destroyed books 

A prison inmate who received $100 in compensation for losing the use of 10 law books he alleged were negligently destroyed by a prison official may have a chance to receive full compensation for their actual value, the N.C. Court of Appeals has determined.  Plaintiff Carl Brewton, who is incarcerated at the Tabor Correctional Institute […]

Feb 2, 2022

NC appeals judges vacate removal order of local court clerk

RALEIGH (AP) — A trial judge’s 2020 order removing an elected court clerk from the job in a central North Carolina county was vacated Tuesday by a state appeals court, which raised procedural and constitutional questions about the sanction. The three judges on the Court of Appeals panel ruled unanimously to return the matter involving […]

Apr 29, 2020

COA to hear first-ever oral arguments via Webex

Some court cases make history; others have history thrust upon them. On April 30, the North Carolina Court of Appeals will embrace the latter and hear oral arguments via Webex for the first time in the history of the court, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts announced April 28. Judges Lucy Inman, Judge […]

Mar 18, 2020

Court throws out conviction for online posts directed at DA

A North Carolina appeals court threw out the threat conviction Tuesday of a man for social media comments strongly criticizing a local district attorney, saying they did not meet the legal definition of a “true threat.” Three state Court of Appeals judges hearing the case of David Warren Taylor, who was convicted in 2018 of […]

Nov 1, 2019

Court considers voiding NC constitutional changes

A North Carolina appeals court is considering whether to void changes to the state constitution that voters approved last year because they were placed on the ballot by lawmakers elected in racially gerrymandered districts, lawyers said Thursday. The state Court of Appeals will decide whether the Republican-controlled legislature lacked authority to put those constitutional amendments […]

Feb 28, 2019

Legislators vote to keep 15 judges on appeals court

North Carolina’s legislature has repealed a law that would have caused the state’s Court of Appeals to lose three of its 15 judges. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the bill, SB 75, into law Feb. 27, the same day that it cleared the state’s House by a 115-1 margin. It repeals a 2017 law that would […]

Feb 22, 2019

Senate votes to restore N.C. appeals court to 15 judges

The North Carolina Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would prevent the North Carolina Court of Appeals from losing three of its 15 seats, which is currently set to begin happening by March 31. Senate Bill 75 would strike language that was added to state statutes in April 2017 and requires that seats be […]

Feb 7, 2019

Equality and justice for all: Judge John Arrowood is a North Carolina trailblazer

North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge John Arrowood was first appointed to the bench in 2007. He lost subsequent races but was re-appointed in 2017, and in November he was elected to a full term on the bench, becoming the first openly LGBTQ person in North Carolina’s history voted to statewide office. Arrowood recently sat […]

Dec 13, 2018

The hitman who wasn’t there

People come before the North Carolina Supreme Court from all walks of life, but in one decision handed down by the court Dec. 7, it was as if the defendant had wandered into the court after having just emerged, fully formed, straight from the script of a Coen Brothers movie. Darrell Lee Melton wanted someone […]

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