Justice Paul Newby's dirty hands

Over the months ahead, it's almost certain that Duke Energy will find itself appealing to the North Carolina Supreme Court. There they'll find a friend they can count on, Justice Paul Newby, who is one of their wholly owned subsidiaries. It's a sick and sad affair that should be of grave concern to anyone in interested in justice. Facing South has the story.

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The NCGOP

and Duke Energy made a significant investment in Paul Newby. They needed to ensure that the court remained completely non-partisan the GOP controlled the NC Supreme Court.

They needed this assurance for just such a situation as has now occurred (not to mention the several other court cases the NCGOP is fighting). We can count on the NC Supreme Court to mete out justice in blind, non-partisan fashion side with its benefactors. The main hope for real justice is those cases that can proceed to federal courts.

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