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North Carolina Supreme Court - Justia Case Law Summaries
  • State v. McKinney
    An investigation that began with an anonymous complaint to police led to a search of Defendant’s home. The police applied for and received a warrant to search the apartment. When the warrant was executed, the officers discovered controlled substances, drug...
  • LexisNexis Risk Data Mgmt., Inc. v. N.C. Admin. Office of Courts
    Plaintiffs, two private corporations, sought a copy of the Automated Criminal/Infraction System database via the state’s Public Records Act (Act). The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) declined to produce an index of the ACIS database and declined...
  • State v. Young
    After a second jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife, Michelle Young. The court of appeals vacated the conviction and ordered a new trial, concluding that the trial court had committed prejudicial error by admitting...
  • In re R.R.N.
    At issue in this case was whether an adult relative who supervises a child during a sleepover is a “caretaker” of that child under section 7B-101(3) of the Juvenile Code. R.R.N. was abused by Mr. B., a relative, when she...
  • State v. Triplett
    After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree burglary, and first-degree murder under the felony murder rule. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The Court of Appeals vacated the judgment and ordered...
  • State ex rel. Utils. Comm'n v. Cooper
    Aqua North Carolina (Aqua), a public utility providing water and utility service, requested authority from the North Carolina Utilities Commission to implement a rate adjustment mechanism of the type described in N.C. Gen. Stat. 62-133.12. After a hearing, the Commission...
  • Hart v. State
    Plaintiffs, twenty-five taxpayers, filed a complaint challenging the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which allows a small number of students in lower-income families to receive scholarships from the State to attend private school. The trial court declared the Opportunity Scholarship Program legislation...
  • In re T.L.H.
    Respondent voluntarily placed her newborn son with the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) based upon her concerns about the safety of her home. DHHS later filed a petition seeking to have Respondent’s parental rights terminated. After...
  • Cape Fear River Watch v. N.C. Envtl. Mgmt. Comm’n
    Petitioners filed a request that the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission issue a declaratory ruling clarifying the application of the Commission’s groundwater protection rules to coal ash lagoons. After the Commission issued its declaratory ruling, Petitioners sought judicial review, claiming...
  • State v. Campbell
    Defendant was indicted for felony breaking or entering a place of worship and felony larceny after breaking or entering. After a trial, the jury found Defendant guilty of felony larceny and felony breaking or entering a place of religious worship....
  • State v. Galaviz-Torres
    After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of trafficking in cocaine by possession, trafficking in cocaine by transportation, and possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court committed plain error by...
  • State v. Jackson
    A police officer stopped and searched Defendant outside a shop known for drug activity. Defendant was subsequently indicted for possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, and conspiracy to posses with...
  • State v. Elder
    The district court entered an ex parte Domestic Violence Order of Protection (DVPO) against Defendant under N.C. Gen. Stat. 50B-3. The court ordered Defendant in the DVPO to surrender his firearms and ammunition and further ordered that law enforcement officers...
  • State v. May
    Defendant was indicted for one count of first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory rape, and first-degree sex offense with a child. During jury deliberations, the jurors sent two consecutive notes to the court indicating that they were deadlocked. The judge instructed...
  • Town of Midland v. Wayne
    Defendant’s predecessor in title ("Wayne") owned two tracts of land (“Wayne Tracts”). Park Creek, LLC held adjacent land. Under a pre-approved plan, Wayne and the LLC began constructing a development plan for a residential subdivision using land owned by both...

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