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Sep 13, 2023

Cooper taps Riggs to fill Supreme Court vacancy

RALEIGH (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed an appellate judge to the North Carolina Supreme Court to fill a vacancy created when a Democratic justice stepped down early. Democrat Allison Riggs will replace outgoing Justice Michael Morgan. Morgan left the court last week and has not announced his future plans. Riggs will serve out the remainder of Morgan's term through the end of nex[...]

Sep 8, 2023

Kavanaugh predicts ‘concrete steps’ over ethics

CLEVELAND — Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh told a judicial conference on Thursday he hopes there will be “concrete steps soon” to address recent ethics concerns surrounding the court, but he stopped short of addressing calls for justices to institute an official code of conduct. “We can increase confidence. We’re working on that,” Kavanaugh told […]

Sep 1, 2023

Advocates back Earls’ lawsuit over probe for speaking out

RALEIGH (AP) — Civil rights advocates and Democratic state legislators are defending and praising a state Supreme Court justice for suing to block a state ethics panel from investigating her public comments that she says are protected by the First Amendment. They spoke on Wednesday at a Legislative Building news conference in support of Anita Earls, who is the only Black woman on the court. Earl[...]

Jul 27, 2023

Supreme Court OKs work on natural-gas pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing construction to resume on a contested natural-gas pipeline that is being built through Virginia and West Virginia. Work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline had been blocked by the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, even after Congress included the project's approval as part of the bipartisan bill increasing the debt ceiling. President Joe Bid[...]

Jul 24, 2023

Change in state’s high court leaves Dems hopeful

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Supreme Court will flip from majority conservative to liberal control next month and Democrats have high hopes the change will lead to the state's abortion ban being overturned and maps redrawn to weaken GOP control of the Legislature and congressional districts. Democrats in the perennial battleground state focused on abortion to win an April election resulting [...]

Jul 21, 2023

Senate committee backs stronger ethical standards for Supreme Court justices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court would have to abide by stronger ethics standards under legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It comes in response to recent revelations about donor-funded trips by justices. The bill faced united opposition from Republicans and has little chance to make it through the full Senate. The legislation would set ethics rules for the court and a pro[...]

Oct 21, 2019

Poll: Most believe justices motivated by law, not politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of respondents to a new poll say U.S. Supreme Court justices base their decisions on the law rather than politics. The Marquette University Law School poll released Monday found 64% of respondents said they believe the law, rather than politics, mostly motivates the justices’ decisions. The survey also found […]

Apr 5, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on non-judicial foreclosure raises questions

PAT MURPHY BridgeTower Media Newswires The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision placing a law firm beyond the reach of federal debt collection law includes an important caveat that will shift the focus of — rather than end — consumer protection litigation against those in the business of executing nonjudicial foreclosures. That’s the consensus of experts […]

Oct 23, 2018

Sandra Day O’Connor announces likely Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday that she has the beginning stages of dementia, “probably Alzheimer’s disease.” O’Connor made the announcement in a letter. The 88-year-old said her diagnosis was made some time ago and that as her condition has progressed she is “no longer able to participate in […]

Apr 12, 2018

North Carolina Court Allows Case Against Dance Instructors

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dance instructors who glided off to a competing dance studio can still be sued by the employer who wrangled the foreign-born pair’s permission to work in the United States, North Carolina’s highest court said. The state Supreme Court decided last week that breach of contract and other claims can continue against dance […]

Mar 15, 2018

Cooper to appoint North Carolina elections board this week

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper will appoint members to a combined state elections and ethics board this week, even while he continues to fight in court over the legality of the board’s latest iteration. Cooper’s office announced the decision March 14, two days before a new law approved by Republicans last month creating […]

Feb 6, 2018

State GOP warns Cooper against elections board action

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Republican Party says Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has no authority to name a new state elections board because a lower court still must review a Supreme Court ruling favoring him. The state GOP wrote Cooper on Thursday cautioning him against action because there’s no current law letting him […]

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