judicial precedent


North Carolina’s court of supreme do-overs

BY: - March 29, 2023

High on the granite façade of the North Carolina Supreme Court’s headquarters across from the Capitol in downtown Raleigh is engraved what can be seen as an inspiring and enduring promise: “Law and Justice.” These days one has to wonder whether a footnote should be added, along the lines of “That Was Then, This Is […]

Watchdog or lapdog? New GOP court filings test the independence and legitimacy of the NC Supreme Court

BY: - January 24, 2023

There are many factors that go into building and sustaining a strong and healthy democracy: free, clean and transparently funded elections; inclusive suffrage; freedom of speech and association; an independent news media; predictable and reliable law enforcement; and an absence of widespread corruption. Oh, and at least one more: a strong and independent judiciary that prioritizes protecting citizen rights.

Judges not legislators: State Supreme Court’s legitimacy depends on continued respect for precedent

BY: - November 22, 2022

Maybe the change was an inevitable byproduct of our current charged and contentious era. Maybe it was naïve to ever think that things were dramatically different in the past. Whichever the case, one thing for sure in 2022 is that public perceptions of the American judiciary as a neutral dispenser of blind justice ain’t what they used to be. And indeed, those altered perceptions may reflect a new, sobering, and thoroughly politicized reality.