Stories tagged: "courts"


'I am not importing my personal views or policy preferences,' Ketanji Brown Jackson repeated over the course of Tuesday's pointed questioning, as one after another, GOP senators questioned her personal politics and her record. If confirmed, Jackson would be the only Supreme Court justice with experience as a public defender, representing poor clients in criminal cases. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Biden Chooses a ‘Proven Consensus Builder’ to Be the First Black Woman on US Supreme Court 

Ketanji Brown Jackson would be the first Black woman and public defender ever nominated to the court.

Organizations and individuals gathered outside the US Supreme Court in 2019 argue the manipulation of district lines is the manipulation of elections. Gerrymandering has been a major concern in North Carolina for decades running.
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NC Inches Closer to Ending Gerrymandering Battle. But a Fight Remains.

We may be closer to a resolution, but Gov. Roy Cooper offered a blistering criticism of a state Senate legislative voting map he calls “blatantly unfair.” 

In this 2014 file photo, women protest anti-abortion rights laws passed by North Carolina Republicans. With the US Supreme Court expected to undo Roe V. Wade, elections for the state legislature and the governor's office could be enormous in NC. (Shutterstock)
As Biden Preps State of the Union, Women’s Health Leaders Decry State of Abortion Rights

More than 120 groups, including organizations in North Carolina, urged Biden and Democrats to aggressively pursue federal protections with US Supreme Court considering Texas anti-abortion law.  

South Carolina's J. Michelle Childs has the support of Democrat Rep. James Clyburn and the GOP's Sen. Lindsey Graham to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. But a record of fighting discrimination and labor lawsuits while she was in private practice is prompting pushback from worker advocacy groups. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
SC Judge Could Be the First Black Woman on the Supreme Court. Her Labor Record Has Sparked Concerns.

South Carolina Judge J. Michelle Childs has a chance at the US Supreme Court, but labor and discrimination cases may cloud her shot.

Voters stand in line waiting to cast ballots in  the 2020 election at a Charlotte early voting site. The future of the state's crucial voting district maps are up in the air in the N.C. Supreme Court today. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Alvin Jacobs Jr.)
How Fair Do Elections Need to Be? That’s the Big Question at NC’s Gerrymandering Hearing

The top court in North Carolina is getting ready to decide what has to happen to have “free elections.”

Former NC Chief Justice Cheri Beasley (center), now a U.S. Senate candidate, wound up on some shortlists as a potential justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo from Beasley campaign).
A Black Woman on the Supreme Court Would Fulfill Biden’s Historic Promise

'For our courts to work for all of us, they must look like all of us,' advocates say. Biden can usher that in with a historical Supreme Court nomination.

FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019 file photo, a state districts map is shown as a three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court presides over the trial of Common Cause, et al. v. Lewis, et al, in Raleigh, N.C.  North Carolina has often been cited as an example of political gerrymandering. Now court rulings against its legislative and congressional districts also could become an example for other states. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
Judges: North Carolina Lawmakers Gerrymandered, but There’s Nothing We Can Do About It

But good government groups and voting rights advocates say they’re confident the NC Supreme Court will strike down the GOP’s tilted voting maps.