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U.S. Supreme Court to hear N.J. fishing case that could limit federal agency powers

BY: - May 2, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case from New Jersey commercial fishermen next term that could significantly constrain federal agencies’ rulemaking, the court said Monday. The order announcing the court would hear the case, an appeal from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals initially brought by New Jersey fishing operations that objected to paying […]

A defaced Confederate monument

“No right way to tear down oppressive systems”: the risks of toppling Confederate monuments

BY: - April 17, 2023

[Note: This report has been updated to include a statement from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office.] Jeremy Collins didn’t know where he was going to get one, but he needed a crane. It was June 2020, a month after George Floyd’s murder. Collins’s boss, Gov. Roy Cooper, had just ordered the removal of three Confederate monuments […]

NC CRED: The harms inflicted by Confederate monuments — and why they should be toppled

BY: - April 14, 2023

Every October, Ronda Taylor-Bullock’s hometown would come alive on Goldston’s Old Fashion Day. Vendors would line the streets of the small rural community, selling wares and performing music. But there was one booth that wasn’t for her, a Black child. It made her feel unsafe, even though no adults had explicitly told her to stay away. […]

UNC-Chapel Hill students plan protest over banning of law student from campus

BY: - April 12, 2023

Students at UNC-Chapel Hill are planning a walk-out Thursday in protest of the university’s banning a law student from campus after their arrest related to a protest last month in Atlanta, Georgia. Jamie Marsicano, a second-year student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Law, was one of 23 people arrested and charged with domestic terrorism after […]

Trump indicted by Manhattan grand jury, according to reports

BY: - March 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — A New York criminal grand jury has indicted former President Donald Trump, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office confirmed following news reports.  A former president has never been indicted before. Trump is also a Republican candidate in the 2024 race for the presidency. “This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender […]

New public defender offices planned in the House budget, but no intent to expand public defense statewide

BY: - March 30, 2023

The House budget unveiled by Republican leaders Wednesday night would provide funding to establish new public defender offices serving eight counties across North Carolina, an infusion of  funds to ensure poor people charged with crimes are adequately represented in court. But despite that there are such offices in less than half of the state’s 100 […]

Upcoming symposium to focus on the continual harm inflicted by Confederate monuments

BY: - March 29, 2023

The North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System will host a symposium next month focusing on the harms posed by confederate monuments. The all-day event will be held at Shaw University on April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to register. “Confederate monuments are not simply […]

Bill would fund two jail inspectors to examine county jails across North Carolina

BY: - March 27, 2023

A bill before the legislature would pay for two full-time jail inspectors to examine county detention facilities across the state. House Bill 380 would send $211,502 in recurring funds to the Department of Health and Human Services so the state could hire two new jail inspectors. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg), references the […]

Notable prison system appropriations in the governor’s budget

BY: - March 21, 2023

Gov. Roy Cooper released his budget last week, offering raises to teachers, increasing appropriations for the Department of Environmental Quality and funding the comprehensive remedial plan in the long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit. It also includes a substantial allocation of state dollars to pay for the new Department of Adult Correction, responsible for overseeing the roughly […]

NC Supreme Court to rehear elections cases this week

BY: - March 13, 2023

The state Supreme Court this week is going to take the rare step to re-hear two recently decided elections cases – one on redistricting and the other on voter photo identification.  The redistricting case will be heard on Tuesday and the voter ID case on Wednesday.  These cases were decided in December, when Democrats held […]

Organizers plan rally at the Capitol before Supreme Court hears voter ID, redistricting arguments

BY: - March 13, 2023

Organizers from across North Carolina will meet in downtown Raleigh Tuesday ahead of the state Supreme Court re-hearing two voting rights cases that a previous iteration of the high court decided last year. Dubbed the “People’s Rally at the Capitol,” a group of advocacy organizations calling themselves “A People’s Coalition” will demonstrate to “sound the […]

North Carolina to be represented on national life-without-parole webinar

BY: - March 9, 2023

The Sentencing Project will host a webinar next Tuesday titled “Life Without Parole in the Era of Mass Incarceration” — and North Carolina will feature prominently in the discussion. Among the panelists are Anthony Willis, who served 26 years of a life-without-parole sentence before Gov. Roy Cooper commuted his sentence last year, and Rep. Marcia […]