Dispatches from the North Carolina court system: jury duty in Hoke County
The prospective jurors started arriving after lunch. They walked, single file, through the metal detector at the entrance of the Hoke County Courthouse, past the county sheriff’s deputy to check in with the court staff. Some spelled their names, others asked how long this would all take, but they each walked up the stairs or took the elevator to the old courthouse’s second floor, to report for jury duty in the Superior Court courtroom. Each of the roughly 60 people would be screened by defense attorneys and prosecutors to sit for a jury in a criminal trial that would likely last several days. The defendant was a white man in his 30s accused of driving under the influence and hitting and killing a Fort Bragg solider with his car in 2017.
Governor vetoes bill to remove non-citizens from voter rolls
Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill Wednesday that would task the State Board of Elections with comparing voter and juror information to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls. “Only citizens should be allowed to vote,” he said in a news release. “But blocking legitimate voters from casting a ballot is a risk we cannot take when […]
Voting rights advocates to Cooper: Veto bill that would remove non-citizens from voter rolls
Voting rights advocates are urging Gov. Roy Cooper to veto a bill that tasks the State Board of Elections to compare voter and juror information to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls. Senate Bill 250 passed the House with 59-51 vote and the Senate with a 29-21 vote along party lines earlier this week. The […]