WINSTON-SALEM (AP) A lawsuit filed against a North Carolina school system and its board of education says an elementary school in need of repairs was discriminated against because of race. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the lawsuit, filed Aug. 13 against the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County ...Read More »
RALEIGH (AP) There are more comings and goings at the North Carolina House as one Republican member will resign and local activists chose a replacement for a Democrat who stepped down last week. GOP Rep. Linda Hunt Williams of Wake ...Read More »
Thompson v. West The appellants argue that the guardian of their sister’s estate, who is not related to their sister, lacked the authority to file a bankruptcy petition on their sister’s behalf; however, the appellants’ status as siblings does not give them standing to intervene in their sister’s bankruptcy case.
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A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that prayers at Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meetings that mention Jesus and other tenets of Christianity violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. “Sectarian prayer is unconstitutional,” said Katherine Lewis Parker of the American Civil Liberties Union of N.C., who represented plaintiffs Janet Joyner and Constance Lynn Blackmon in their suit against the county. “This serves as a reminder of what the law is. Local and state governments that are violating the law will have to come into compliance,” Parker said.Read More »
The legal battle, in which the county lost its first two skirmishes, renewed May 12 with oral arguments in front of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court in Richmond, Va. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners invites local clergy to open meetings with a sectarian prayer. But in 2007, Forsyth County residents Janet Joyner and Constance Blackmon filed a federal lawsuit claiming the Board of Commissioners' policy of inviting local clergy members to give invocations at the start of the board's twice-monthly meetings violated the First Amendment's separation of church and state doctrine.Read More »
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State v. Nolan. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-07-0414, 26 pp.) (Ann Marie Calabria, J.) Appealed from Forsyth County Superior Court. (James E. Hardin Jr., J.) N.C. App. Click here for the full text of the opinion. Holding: Where the primary programmatic ...Read More »