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Jul 21, 2023

Video: Oklahoma judge uses phone during trial over fatal beating of toddler

CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) — A newspaper reports that a new judge in Oklahoma is facing scrutiny after courtroom video showed her scrolling through social media and texting throughout the murder trial for a man accused in the fatal beating of a 2-year-old. Security video obtained by The Oklahoman shows Lincoln County District Judge Traci Soderstrom texting or messaging for minutes at a time during jur[...]

Jun 15, 2023

‘A circus’: Mississippi Supreme Court Justice decries efforts to keep him in lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a rare address to a federal court Wednesday, Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph called efforts to attach him to a lawsuit challenging a new state law a “circus” with “no legal precedent in U.S. history.” Randolph was named a defendant in the lawsuit challenging House Bill 1020. The […]

Apr 19, 2021

N.C. judge gets 30-day suspension for violating conduct code

RALEIGH (AP) — A North Carolina District Court judge was suspended without pay for 30 days on Friday for violating judicial rules by serving as executor for the estates of two former family friends, receiving nearly $90,000 in commissions. The state Supreme Court issued the suspension for Judge William Brooks, who holds court for four […]

May 16, 2019

Cumberland Co. judge reprimanded

  A district court judge in Cumberland County has been publicly reprimanded by the North Carolina Supreme Court after a finding that her complaints about the local chief judge and some of her conduct in the courtroom were harmful to public confidence in the administration of the courts. The court reprimanded Judge April Smith on […]

Oct 30, 2018

New chief district court judges in Districts 16A, 19B

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin has appointed Judge Amanda “Amy” Wilson as chief district court judge for District 16A, effective Dec. 1. Wilson will succeed Chief Judge Scott Brewer upon his retirement. Martin also appointed Judge Lee W. Gavin as chief district court judge for Judicial District 19B, effective Jan. 1. Gavin […]

Aug 13, 2018

NC Supreme Court race lawsuit returning to court

RALEIGH (AP) A North Carolina Supreme Court candidate’s lawsuit against Republican legislators over a law preventing him from having his party listed on November ballots is returning to court. A judge scheduled a Wake County hearing Aug. 13 to consider requests by candidate Chris Anglin and a lower-court candidate also fighting the law finalized by GOP […]

Aug 2, 2018

Judge OKs N Carolina county’s beach parking fees for now

CURRITUCK (AP) A judge says a North Carolina county can temporarily continue to charge a fee for non-residents to park along beaches accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports a judge denied a request from a Virginia-based group for a preliminary injunction against Currituck County’s beach parking ordinance. The judge’s decision July [&h[...]

Jul 30, 2018

Cooper picks judge for panel after previous choice rejected

RALEIGH (AP) Gov. Roy Cooper wants a longtime state judge to serve on the North Carolina Industrial Commission after the General Assembly rejected a previous nominee. Cooper announced July 27 that Judge Robby Hassell of Greensboro is his choice for the six-member panel that determines workers’ compensation awards for injured workers and handles certain claims against […]

Jun 19, 2018

Judge won’t restore North Carolina judicial primaries

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina judicial primaries won’t happen this year, based on a federal judge’s ruling favoring Republican legislative leaders who passed a law canceling those nominee elections for this year only. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles announced June 19 she would side with the GOP defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party demanding […]

Jun 12, 2018

NC agency may ask judge to order chemical plant changes

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina’s environmental agency says it plans to ask a judge to impose tougher conditions on operations at a chemical plant that has long emitted a little-understood industrial compound. The state Department of Environmental Quality said it plans to go to court later this summer to force The Chemours Co. to stop GenX […]

May 24, 2018

Former NC SBI director Beatty nominated for bench

RALEIGH (AP) A longtime state government veteran is among those nominated by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to become special trial court judges, who often are brought in to handle complex cases or to perform fill-in duties on the bench. Cooper announced late May 23 that Bryan Beatty is his choice for one of three special […]

Apr 27, 2018

Gov appoints 2 new judges

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed a criminal defense lawyer and a district court judge to fill two seats on the Superior Court bench. David Phillips will join the District 27A bench in Gaston County, where he’s had an eponymous criminal defense practice for more than 20 years. He will fill a vacant seat on the […]

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