<![CDATA[Inside the Courts News |]]> http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/ en-us Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:27:52 EDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:27:52 EDT Inside the Courts 60 ccarpenter@charlotteobserver.com(Cheryl Carpenter) Future uncertain for students of Charlotte School of Law http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article131488684.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:54:50 EDT http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article131488684.html Charlotte School of Law reopened Monday http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article128245359.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:45:59 EST http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article128245359.html Will North Carolina ever raise its legal age to 18? http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article95372507.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:19:39 EDT

Petraeus v. Hillary Clinton: Separate and unequal http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article88956382.html#storylink=rss Both the former CIA director and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee mishandled documents

Experts say Petraeus worsened his situation by sharing documents with Paula Broadwell, then lying to the FBI

Clinton case involved far fewer documents considered secret or sensitive

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Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:42:40 EDT

Supreme Court ruling on corruption unlikely to help Patrick Cannon http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article87231707.html#storylink=rss Recent Supreme Court decision cuts elected officials more slack in accepting gifts from benefactors

Expert says Patrick Cannon crossed the court’s threshold by promising official actions in return for cash

Court’s ruling could make it easier for officials to accept cash and gifts

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:22:46 EDT

A Charlotte judge recovers after open heart surgery http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article85719912.html#storylink=rss Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell underwent surgery this month to correct defect in her aorta

Bells says she thought she was having a heart attack on May 6

Bell scheduled to return to the bench in early August

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:44:44 EDT

Legal fight over ‘custody’ reaches into hospital http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article84442017.html#storylink=rss Key issue: Is an involuntarily committed suspect considered to be in custody and deserving of Miranda rights?

N.C. Supreme Court sends case back to Union County judge to rule if police recording at hospital is admissible

Tae Kwon Hammonds was convicted of robbery, in part for comments made while recovering from suicide attempt

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:55:17 EDT

Gitmo and Charlotte: A decade removed, a debate still raging http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article83079302.html#storylink=rss Ten years ago, the author stumbled upon an international crisis at Guantanamo Bay

Two men with Charlotte ties found themselves on opposite sides over the prison debate

Officials still argue whether the detention facility makes us more or less safe

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:08:20 EDT

Her kingdom for a scanner: Elisa Chinn-Gary continues to revamp the clerk’s office http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article80388557.html#storylink=rss Elected in 2014, Mecklenburg clerk makes changes big and small to the courthouse’s largest office

She and Sheriff Irwin Carmichael are hoping to end a 4-month backup in background checks for gun buyers

Democrat has improved pay and morale and is slowly adding to the office’s technology

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Fri, 27 May 2016 16:48:26 EDT

Familiar soldiers enlist in North Carolina’s culture wars http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article78947497.html#storylink=rss Many of the same political and legal figures have lined up in battles over marriage, bathrooms and religious freedom

Gubernatorial hopefuls McCrory and Cooper have complex roles to explain to voters

Legal strategy for fights over HB2 and the magistrate law continue to build

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Fri, 20 May 2016 18:31:51 EDT

Mecklenburg DA explains why he carries a gun http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article77500522.html#storylink=rss As more court officials receive threats, judges and lawyers are arming themselves

Mecklenburg DA: Dangerous jobs deserve better pay

Charlotte gun shop owner says more judges are visiting his shop

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Sat, 14 May 2016 16:50:02 EDT

Conservatives legislators and moderate judges joust over marriage and bathrooms http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article74640182.html#storylink=rss S.C. judge wrote court decisions that led to same sex marriage and damaged HB2

Floyd is one of seven Obama appointees that have overhauled the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Richmond, Va., court has served as a deterrent to some major Republican initiatives in Raleigh

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:09:12 EDT

Judge’s error cuts Charlotte inmate’s sentence in half http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article73388142.html#storylink=rss Judge Whitney tells inmate to take advantage of the gift of time

Logistical mistake by judge carves more than 10 years off sentence

Inmate to Whitney: I’m a changed man

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:00:07 EDT

First American ISIS convert in custody, Justin Sullivan, to face the death penalty http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article66952427.html#storylink=rss Death penalty in play for two of Charlotte area’s most notorious killings

Feds await decision on death-penalty trials against accused killers of Doug and Debbie London

Both cases may challenge trend of fewer successful capital cases

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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:53:36 EDT

Defending himself is accused killer’s right, but is it wise? http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article65536127.html#storylink=rss Charlotte man accused of beating his 6-month-old daughter to death

A declared Moorish National, Todd Boderick has refused to accept legal help

Murder trial is set to begin Monday

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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 18:16:18 EST

A fight over parentage focuses on the fine print http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article64085217.html#storylink=rss An unusual inheritance battle in Charlotte appears headed for N.C. Supreme Court

At stake: A child’s claim to be the sole heir of a man who died from CMPD Taser shocks in 2011

Jury awarded the man’s estate $500,000 in a wrongful death judgment last year

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 17:05:28 EST

CMPD’s goal: To predict misconduct before it can happen http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article62772592.html#storylink=rss CMPD working with University of Chicago to spot trends before they become problems

New model includes 300 predictors to better reflect complexities of an officer’s job

When finished, new system could change CMPD policies to make public and officers safer

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:43:06 EST

Closing the loopholes on sterilization payments http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article61516837.html#storylink=rss 2 court rulings excluding eugenics victims from payments underscore problems with law

State Sen. Jeff Jackson says some legislators will try again this year to close the loopholes

Debate elicits angry debate over state’s eugenics program

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:59:05 EST

Panthers Kony Ealy named in fraud lawsuit involving a dog http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article60122161.html#storylink=rss Super Bowl hero named in lawsuit over an African Boerboel

Former Matthews sports bar owner says NFL player and his brother bilked him out of $3K

Ealy’s lawyer says the allegation not true

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:30:55 EST

Tab for fighting same-sex marriage grows http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article57359568.html#storylink=rss Taxpayers will pay $45,000 for last-minute GOP stand for traditional marriage

Legislators paid more than $100K to private lawyers on marriage case through February

New legal fights already are in the courts

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:00:19 EST

Federal courthouse in Charlotte gets millions for expansion, renovation http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article56126645.html#storylink=rss Project could be in line for up to $150 million or more

Money would pay for new high-rise annex and extensive changes to existing building

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:58:24 EST

Did American Airlines handle erratic flight attendant correctly? http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article54986370.html#storylink=rss Questions remain surrounding a flight attendant’s apparent breakdown during a Charlotte flight

The prosecution of Joanne Snow is on hold while the American Airlines’ employee gets treatment

A similar episode with an unstable pilot led to lawsuits against JetBlue, including one filed by the pilot

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:37:35 EST

A heinous crime gets a speedy trial http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article53751235.html#storylink=rss Dylann Roof will go on trial only a year after the killings in a Charleston church

The murder case of former police officer Michael Slager will follow this fall

The same Charleston prosecutor will handle both

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 15:46:42 EST

Towering oaks near federal courthouse are coming down http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article51343395.html#storylink=rss Trees, some among the tallest in uptown, will be removed in the next 90 days

City arborist says oaks have been sick for years and now pose a safety threat

Loss will change the look and feel of longtime government block

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Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:00:00 EST

Doctor’s lawyer says lack of a speedy trial is causing harm http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/inside-courts-blog/article50139595.html#storylink=rss Fidelis Edosomwan is accused of molesting patients but says he is innocent

He voluntarily agreed to not practice medicine until the charges are settled

District attorney says number of alleged victims means the case takes more time

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