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Court rules officer's mistake of law can still justify traffic stop
December 15, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday in Heien v. North Carolina that a police officer's mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion that the Fourth Amendment requires to justify a traffic stop. The case involves the arrest of an automobile passenger for cocaine possession after the driv....... [more]

Affirmative action lawsuit challenges Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill admission policies
November 18, 2014
Lawsuits were filed in Massachusetts and North Carolina federal district courts against Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, arguing that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the country. The lawsuits contend that the US Supreme Cou....... [more]

Federal judge orders South Carolina officials to stop enforcing same-sex marriage ban
November 12, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ordered state officials on Wednesday to stop enforcing South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Richard Mark Gergel based this decision on a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit opinion on Virginia, which held tha....... [more]

Judge officially ends West Virginia ban on same-sex marriage
November 8, 2014
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Friday ruled that West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, several weeks after state officials began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. US District Judge Robert Chambers wr....... [more]

AG Holder announces federal recognition of same-sex marriage in six states
October 26, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to 32....... [more]

US courts allow same-sex marriage in North Carolina, Idaho
October 11, 2014
Federal courts on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriage in North Carolina and Idaho. A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage on constitutional grounds. US District Judge Max Cogburn stated that the issue b....... [more]

Supreme Court allows North Carolina voting restrictions
October 9, 2014
The US Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday allowing North Carolina to do away with same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting. The order stays a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which held that those provisions of the North Carolina law should not be enforc....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on North Carolina police traffic stop
October 7, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case concerning whether a police officer's "mistake of law" should invalidate the officer's justification for a traffic stop. Heien v. North Carolina is a state court case that involves the arrest of an automobile passenger for cocaine possessio....... [more]

US Supreme Court refuses nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage
October 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied seven pending appeals, rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado....... [more]

North Carolina judge rules private school voucher program unconstitutional
August 21, 2014
A North Carolina judge ruled Thursday that North Carolina's school voucher program, known as Opportunity Scholarships is unconstitutional. Judge Robert Hobgood of the Wake County Superior Court specifically ruled that the program violates article 1 section 15 and article 9 section 2(1) of the North....... [more]

Federal judge refuses to block North Carolina voter law
August 11, 2014
A judge for the US District Court Middle District of North Carolina on Friday rejected preliminary relief in the form of an injunction against a new voter law in North Carolina. The law will require voters to show a picture ID at the polls by 2016, but other changes are already in effect and were at....... [more]




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