Court of Appeals

The State of Things
11:52 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Staff Changes In Eastern District Prosecutors Office

U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District Thomas Walker
Credit U.S. Attorney's Office (Eastern District)

News and Observer investigative reporter Joe Neff talks about staff changes in the Eastern District Prosecutors Office

In the wake of a public reprimand by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the eastern district federal prosecutors office implemented new policies and procedures. The office was scolded by the court for discovery abuse including a pattern of withholding evidence from defendants. 

Read more
5:46 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

NC Court Of Appeals Rules That Registered Sex Offenders Can Use Social Media

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that registered sex offenders can use social media websites. The ruling invalidates a portion of a North Carolina law passed in 2008 called the Protect Children From Sexual Predators Act.

Lester Packingham, Jr. brought the case. He's a registered sex offender who lives in Durham. In 2012, Packingham, Jr. was convicted of accessing a commercial social networking site. He had been using Facebook.

Read more
The State of Things
9:57 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Former Prosecutor Remembers His Role In Bringing Down Manuel Noriega

`Sea of Greed` is a book by Judge Douglas McCullough reflects back on the Manuel Noriega arrests.

Judge Douglas McCullough talks about his career and his book, 'Sea of Greed'

  Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was a infamous figure on the international stage during the 1980s. Before he became a caricature of the "crazy" dictator, he was on the payroll of the CIA and helped the United States gain information on Cuba.

Read more
5:26 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Instant Runoff Count Underway

Elections officials around the state have started the second phase of vote counting in a Court of Appeals race.

One of this year’s Court of Appeals races is the first statewide contest in the US to use instant runoff voting.  In the general election, voters chose a first, second, and third choice from a field of 13 candidates.   Cressie Thigpen and Doug McCullough were the top two winners as first choice. 

Starting today, elections officials are sorting through ballots on which the first choice was someone else.  Deputy state Elections Director Johnnie McLean:

Read more