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NEW LOCAL RULE GOVERNING SEALING SEARCH WARRANTS


May 4, 2016 Uncategorized

Wake County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Don Stephens and Chief District Court Judge Robert Rader have signed a new administrative order relating to search warrants and the procedures for sealing warrants.  See Order:  Wake Order re Sealing  The administrative … Continued

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Railroad Owned by North Carolina Taxpayers Won’t Provide Records


May 3, 2016 Uncategorized

SMVT partner Amanda Martin weighs in concerning the North Carolina Railroad, which is owned by the State of North Carolina but refuses to provide records explaining how it is financing large land acquisitions. To read the Carolina Journal’s story, click … Continued

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Judge Orders Public Records Case Against McCrory Administration to Proceed


May 3, 2016 Uncategorized

Superior Court Judge Joe Craig, who is overseeing a lawsuit in which media companies and advocacy groups allege that Governor McCrory and several of his cabinet agencies are systematically and purposefully refusing to provide timely and complete access to public … Continued

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News Media v. McCrory et al.


April 28, 2016 Uncategorized

A coalition of news media and advocacy groups have sued Governor Pat McCrory and a host of state departments for alleged violations of the public records law.  Read the complaint here:  N&O v McCrory Amended Complaint

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US House of Representatives Passes Email Privacy Bill 419-0


April 28, 2016 Uncategorized

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 699 by a vote of 419-0.  The law requires law enforcement to get a warrant before asking service providers to turn over emails that are more than 180 old.  The bill does not … Continued

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CONVICTED NC DEFENDANT PETITIONS SCOTUS ON FREE SPEECH ISSUE


April 27, 2016 Uncategorized

Lester Packingham has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a North Carolina law that limits the speech rights of convicted sex offenders.  Read the Packingham Petition here.

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Important Free Speech Case from Supreme Court


April 27, 2016 Uncategorized

In an important 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that a demoted employee could pursue his Section 1983 action against his employer.  At the heart of the case was the significance of whether “a government official demoted an employee because … Continued

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Winston-Salem Journal Wins Fight to Keep Courtroom and Records Open


April 26, 2016 Uncategorized

The Journal, represented by SMVT partner Amanda Martin, persuaded Superior Court Judge Eric Morgan to deny closure motions filed by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in a civil suit arising out of an incident in which a school board … Continued

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Amanda Martin Delivers Constitution Day Address at UNC School of Law


October 8, 2015 Uncategorized

“Does the First Amendment still matter?”  That’s the question that  SMVT partner Amanda Martin addressed on Constitution Day (September 17) in a talk to students, faculty and alumni of the UNC School of Law.  You can see how she answered … Continued

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Middle District Court to Review Documents Now Under Seal


September 9, 2015 Uncategorized

According to an email sent out by the Middle District, the Court is going to re-evaluate previously sealed docket entries and may modify their status as sealed documents.  Reporters might be interested to take a look back at past cases to … Continued

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