Cheri Beasley

North Carolina legislative building
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State senators reversed course on their plan to eliminate half the staff of North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley on Friday. Lawmakers voted 46-0 to amend their own budget and restore funding to her six-member staff.

North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley would lose half of her staff under a proposed budget cut by the North Carolina Senate. The Republican budget seeks to eliminate three of the six staff positions for Beasley, a Democrat, who was elevated to chief justice in March.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has named Cheri Beasley as next Chief Justice of NC Supreme Court.
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North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley will be the court's next chief justice. Beasley will be the first African-American woman to lead the highest court in the state.