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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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Amanda Martin to Speak to NC Chapter of Public Relations Society of America


September 8, 2015 Uncategorized

On September 16, 2015, SMVT partner Amanda Martin will give the NCPRSA Development Luncheon talk, Public or Protected: Copyright Law and Compliance.

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If lawmakers get their way, police video wouldn’t be public record


May 4, 2015 About SMVT, Legal News

The Gaston Gazette is now reporting on a bill in the state legislature that would categorize police video as a record of a criminal investigation, which means it would not be a public record. Our site previously posted about coverage of … Continued

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Buncombe County commissioners vote to approve confidentiality agreement in contravention of public records law


May 4, 2015 About SMVT, Legal News

The Asheville Citizen-Times has reported a decision by four Buncombe county commissioners to sign a nondisclosure agreement as part of efforts to land an employer. The agreement prevents signatories from revealing details about the company’s operations. The Citizen-Times quotes SMVT attorney … Continued

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Police body-cam video would not be public record under NC bill


April 27, 2015 About SMVT, Legal News

The News & Observer has reported on a bill proposing changes to the state’s treatment of boy and dash camera records. House Bill 713, which passed 115-2 last week, would restrict public access to the cameras. Under the proposed law, proposed … Continued

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FBI refuses to release information on “feminine hygiene product” Patrick Cannon used as pretext to accept bribe


April 14, 2015 About SMVT, Legal News

WFAE has reported that the FBI has refused to release information about a “feminine hygiene product” former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon claimed to want to develop. The product was used as a pretext to accept a bribe from an undercover FBI … Continued

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Fayetteville police refuse to release police dash cam video of officer-involved shooting


April 10, 2015 About SMVT, Legal News

The Fayetteville Observer has reported that the Fayetteville police have refused to release a police dashboard camera video that may have captured an officer shooting a man as he fled in 2013. The article discusses the public records law and its … Continued

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More taxpayer accountability needed for charters


April 9, 2015 About SMVT, Legal News

The Asheville Citizen-Times writes that charter schools in North Carolina, while intended to be free from some regulation, should be required to open their records to scrutiny from taxpayers. The Citizen-Times quotes SMVT attorney Mike Tadych: Mike Tadych, an attorney … Continued

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Charlotte lawsuit pits reality TV feud against freedom of speech


April 9, 2015 About SMVT, Legal News

The Charlotte Observer has reported on a lawsuit between a reality TV show personality and his critics (some of whom are also on television). The article explains that the judge is expected to “ban future Facebook postings attacking” the plaintiff’s military … Continued

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