NC Dem Judges Soft on Sex Crimes
The Democratic majority on North Carolina’s supreme court ruled to let a child porn offender go free on a technicality and allowed serial sexual offenders to avoid GPS monitoring in two decisions released in August.
The decisions illustrate a major shift in the state’s supreme court, which has swung decisively into Democratic hands. In 2019, Democratic governor Roy Cooper elevated Judge Cheri Beasley (D.) to the role of chief justice, and replaced her with Judge Mark Davis (D.). Anita Earls (D.) defeated incumbent Republican Barbara Jackson in a 2018 election thanks in part to Chris Anglin’s entry into the race.