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Last-minute bill creates secret review system for judicial complaints
Posted By Rob Schofield On July 31, 2013 @ 3:03 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
One of today’s most important “must reads” is reporter Sharon McCloskey’s story  about a bill rammed through the General Assembly during the session’s waning hours to drastically alter the state’s system of handling complaints against judges.
“It started out as a simple bill allowing parties in family court to appeal rulings before their cases were finally resolved.
By the time it landed on the House floor for a final vote, one of the last bills on the last day of the long session, it had a new name, a new number and a new purpose: to give the justices of the state Supreme Court the sole authority to discipline judges — including themselves –and allow them to decide if, when and who to discipline in secret.
And the back story of the passage of the bill, H652  — including the rare public lobbying by Republican justices in favor of the bill and opposition from the Democratic Chief Justice — illustrates that, despite claims otherwise, money and politics may in fact be dividing the Court.”
Click here  to read this important story and, hopefully, share it with folks you know.
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URLs in this post:
 reporter Sharon McCloskey’s story: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2013/07/31/behind-closed-doors-north-carolina-creates-a-star-chamber-for-wayward-judges/
 H652: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H652v4.pdf
 NC Supreme Court gets a failing grade for financial disclosure: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/04/nc-supreme-court-gets-a-failing-grade-for-financial-disclosure/
 Race is on for Supreme Court Justice seats: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/05/race-is-on-for-supreme-court-justice-seats/
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