Gavel Grab

Did Legislator’s Email for Judicial Fundraiser Cross the Line?

In the politically charged North Carolina Supreme Court election, The News & Observer reports that a Republican legislator sent emails from his legislative account touting a fundraiser for the campaign of Justice Mark Martin, who is seeking to become Chief Justice.

Under ethics guidelines governing state legislators, what state Rep. Bert Jones did in sending the emails is not allowed, the newspaper says. It cites a subscription-only publication called N.C. Insider as its source for the story.

On another front in North Carolina, Gavel to Gavel reported, “North Carolina: plan to increase mandatory judicial retirement age appears then disappears in legislation.” Gavel to Gavel is a publication of the National Center for State Courts, a JAS partner organization.


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