The hiring of a new top administrator of North Carolina's court system is one of several significant personnel changes in a shake-up atop the state Judicial Branch since Chief Justice Paul Newby was sworn in this month.
North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley conceded on Saturday to Republican Paul Newby in their extremely close election after two rounds of recounts saw little change in the vote margin between them.
Republican Paul Newby's narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Cheri Beasley changed little overall as a statewide machine recount of North Carolina's very close race for Supreme Court chief justice was finally completed late Wednesday.
Recounts in the race for Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court are almost done. Republican Paul Newby maintains a slight lead over Democratic incumbent Cheri Beasley. As WUNC's Rusty Jacobs reports, the final outcome could have major implications for how state courts operate during the pandemic.
Like it or not, Cheri Beasley's tenure as Chief Justice will be defined in large part by her response to COVID-19.
Candidates in North Carolina's still-undecided races for Supreme Court chief justice and attorney general on Monday awaited final official results from several counties, two of which had to adjust previous tallies due to administrative errors.
Races for executive and legislative positions in North Carolina are in full swing — but what about the third branch of government? There are 190 judicial seats up for election this year, most notably three seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Catherine Brand: Supporters of state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby have released an attack ad criticizing his opponent, Judge Sam Ervin. Jessica Jones reports it's the first attack ad of the campaign.
Jessica Jones: The Republican-leaning Superpac Justice for All N.C. is sponsoring the ad, which began airing today.
Ad: Can we trust Sam Ervin the fourth to be a fair judge?
Less than a decade ago, North Carolina instituted a public financing program for appellate judicial elections that was hailed as a nationwide model. But it’s being tested this year by the state Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Paul Newby, and his challenger, Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin.
Supporters of incumbent Justice Paul Newby hope this 30-second television ad will help people remember Newby’s name when they vote.
Ad:" Paul Newby, he’s a tough old judge respected everywhere. Paul Newby- justice tough but fair."