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BREAKING: Court of Appeals panel to reject scheme for judicial retention elections

According to multiple social media posts and a story by Mark Binker at WRAL.com, a three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals has indicated that it will strike down the new scheme for retention elections for state Supreme Court justices. This decision is a major defeat for yet another of the controversial electoral changes enacted by conservative majorities in the General Assembly in recent years. Here’s Binker:

The three-judge Superior Court panel that heard a challenge to the law earlier this week has notified attorneys on both sides of the case that they have found for those seeking to upend the law.

“The court did notify our attorneys today that it is granting the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment,” said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office.

Michael Crowell, an attorney for Sabra Faires, a long-time legislative staffer who challenged the law, confirmed the court had relayed the same message to him.

For more background on the case and what is at stake, check out NC Policy Watch reporter Sharon McCloskey’s front page story from earlier this week by clicking here.

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