law http://wunc.org en An Actor, A University And A Famous Name Lead To A Lawsuit http://wunc.org/post/actor-university-and-famous-name-lead-lawsuit What do you think of when you hear the name Duke? That question is at the heart of a legal dispute between Duke University and the estate of John Wayne.<p>Fans of the late film star will recall that he went by the nickname "Duke," which his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/books/review/scott-eymans-john-wayne-the-life-and-legend.html" target="_blank">biographers have pointed</a> out he picked up in childhood from a dog. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:33:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 38712 at http://wunc.org An Actor, A University And A Famous Name Lead To A Lawsuit Families Remain Optimistic About Camp Lejeune Pollution Lawsuit http://wunc.org/post/families-remain-optimistic-about-camp-lejeune-pollution-lawsuit <p></p><p>The US Supreme Court has upheld North Carolina's limits on how long people have to file pollution-related lawsuits.</p><p>The case involved pollution connected with a CTS Corp. manufacturing plant in Asheville. But the decision undercut families trying to sue over groundwater pollution at Camp Lejeune.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:52:26 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37066 at http://wunc.org Families Remain Optimistic About Camp Lejeune Pollution Lawsuit The Debate Over Racial Profiling In The Durham Police Department http://wunc.org/post/debate-over-racial-profiling-durham-police-department <div style="margin-top: 0px; font-size: 13px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Tahoma">&nbsp;</div><p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">Host Frank </span>Stasio<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma"> talks with Ian </span>Mance<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">, a civil rights attorney for the </span><a href="http://www.southerncoalition.org/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">Southern Coalition of Social Justice</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">, and <a href="http://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/">Frank </a></span><a href="http://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/">Baumgartner</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. </span>Baumgartner<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma"> published a <a href="http://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/papers/Baumgartner-Traffic-Stops-Statistics-1-Feb-2012.pdf">statewide study</a> tracking racial disparities in police stop-and-search practices. He later worked with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to analyze Durham-specific data.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 16:19:45 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 35215 at http://wunc.org The Debate Over Racial Profiling In The Durham Police Department Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Addresses Recent Controversies http://wunc.org/post/durham-police-chief-jose-lopez-addresses-recent-controversies <p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In the last year, the <a href="http://www.durhampolice.com/">Durham Police Department</a> has faced public criticism surrounding search policies and three police-related deaths.</span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://www.naacpnc.org/nc_naacp_responds_to_concerns_about_durham_police_activity_the_death_of_jes_s_huerta" style="line-height: 1.5;">The NAACP of North Carolina questioned the police actions</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the case of Jesus </span>Huerta<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a 17 year-old who died in police custody.</span></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Advocacy organizations like the <a href="http://www.southerncoalition.org/">Southern Coalition for Social Justice</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DURHAM.FADE">Fostering Alternative Drug Enforcement (FADE)</a> have raised accusations of racial profiling. </span></font></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The department maintains that racial discrepancies in crime statistics do not indicate discrimination. </span></font>They <a href="http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/DPD/Documents/Racial%20Profiling%20Response.pdf">issued a report </a>in response to the criticism.</p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In response to public outcry, the <a href="http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cb/nis/Pages/Human-Relations-Commission.aspx">Human Relations Commission</a> will make recommendations to the City Council for procedural reforms in police governance in May.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:52:58 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 34645 at http://wunc.org Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Addresses Recent Controversies Chapel Hill's First Openly-Gay Mayor Reflects On His Home http://wunc.org/post/chapel-hills-first-openly-gay-mayor-reflects-his-home <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:50:42 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 28478 at http://wunc.org Chapel Hill's First Openly-Gay Mayor Reflects On His Home Duke Professor Takes On Whitey Bulger, Enron http://wunc.org/post/duke-professor-takes-whitey-bulger-enron <p></p><p><a href="http://law.duke.edu/fac/buell/">Samuel Buell<font color="#0071b3"> </font></a>had an interest in justice from a young age. As a child,&nbsp;he sat in front of the TV with his parents and watched the Watergate hearings. He knew it was momentous, but he didn&rsquo;t understand the exact significance until much later. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:54:33 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 23348 at http://wunc.org Duke Professor Takes On Whitey Bulger, Enron Governor Vetoes And Signs Controversial Laws http://wunc.org/post/governor-vetoes-and-signs-controversial-laws <div style="MARGIN: 0px 0px 10pt"><p><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt">The General Assembly recently finished up their lawmaking session, passing a variety of legislation, some of which has stirred quite a bit of controversy locally and nationally. All that’s left now is for <a href="http://www.governor.state.nc.us/"><u>Governor Pat McCrory </u></a>to sign those laws of which he approves and veto those he’s against. He’s done both this week.</span></font></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:10:20 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 20899 at http://wunc.org Governor Vetoes And Signs Controversial Laws Exploring The Life, Legacy And Unfinished Work Of Julius L. Chambers http://wunc.org/post/exploring-life-legacy-and-unfinished-work-julius-l-chambers <p></p><p>In 1948, William Chambers, a black maintenance worker in Montgomery County, NC was denied payment for a job by a white customer. William Chambers spent many afternoons searching for an attorney to represent him, but all the white lawyers he asked refused. William told this story to his son, Julius Chambers, who then vowed to become a lawyer and fight for justice.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:08:51 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 20827 at http://wunc.org Exploring The Life, Legacy And Unfinished Work Of Julius L. Chambers Julius Chambers: A Remembrance And Legacy Of A Civil Rights Icon http://wunc.org/post/julius-chambers-remembrance-and-legacy-civil-rights-icon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.law.unc.edu/centers/civilrights/about/history/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Julius Chambers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been a fixture on North Carolina’s legal scene for decades, helping lead the battle for civil rights and playing an instrumental role in the </span><a href="https://lcrm.lib.unc.edu/blog/index.php/2012/04/20/remembering-swann-v-charlotte-mecklenburg-board-of-education/" style="line-height: 1.5;">desegregation of Charlotte/Mecklenburg schools</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>He died last Friday at 76.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:04:13 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 20340 at http://wunc.org Julius Chambers: A Remembrance And Legacy Of A Civil Rights Icon DOMA And Voting Rights Act Decisions’ Impact On North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/doma-and-voting-rights-act-decisions-impact-north-carolina <p>Two landmark decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court last week could have serious implications for North Carolina. Justices struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, leaving southern states free to pursue changes to election law without prior federal approval. The court also struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, saying that same-sex couples are entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:14:47 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 18295 at http://wunc.org DOMA And Voting Rights Act Decisions’ Impact On North Carolina