Gavel Grab

Primary Ahead in North Carolina Supreme Court Race?

A June 7 primary in the North Carolina Supreme Court election now appears likely, the Associated Press reported, because three candidates are seeking a seat on the court. However, a new law changing the way Supreme Court justices are selected still is under litigation in the courts.

A Superior Court panel recently voided the new law giving elected Supreme Court justices an option to seek a new term in a retention, rather than contested, election (see Gavel Grab). The state elections board has asked for review of that ruling, and an expedited hearing was set for April 13 before the state Supreme Court. Meanwhile Justice Robert Edmunds (who has recused), Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan and attorney Sabra Faires are seeking the seat. Before the Superior Court issued its ruling, Edmunds intended to stand for retention (up-or-down) election.

A blog post in The Greensboro News & Record said it seems like the Supreme Court faces a conflict of interest in handling the case, but there may be no way to get around that.

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