Lake Norman & Mooresville

Ruling could be appealed

The N.C. Attorney general's office said it plans to ask the N.C. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a state Appeals Court decision earlier last week that said Davidson College's campus police cannot enforce state laws because Davidson is a religious institution.

The attorney general's office also plans to ask the state's top court for a stay - an order delaying enforcement of the ruling.

An appeal of the case is not automatic.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office told that the office plans to ask the Supreme Court for a stay and to agree to hear and appeal.

In its ruling in the case known as North Carolina v. Yencer, the N.C. Court of Appeals cited precedents and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The ruling also said the N.C. Attorney General's office erred in certifying the department for law enforcement.