If you follow the news these days, chances are that you’ve heard about a contentious debate regarding immunity. In 2020, this has come up often in the context of immunity for law enforcement officers in the wake of allegations of police brutality. This is usually described as a “controversial” topic. However, it is my belief that if average citizens looked at this closer, there would be overwhelming support for doing away with or severely limiting immunity for law enforcement.
On March 13, 2020, North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley essentially suspended any and all jury trials (other than those that were already empaneled) in the entire state of North Carolina for a minimum of thirty days. Now, five months later, jury trials have still not resumed anywhere in North Carolina. In fact, as of Chief Justice Beasley’s most recent Order dated August 24, 2020, no jury trials will resume prior to October 1, 2020.
Additionally, prior to jury trials being able to resume, Chief Justice Beasley has required that each District’s Resident Superior Court Judge must present her with a formal Jury Trial Resumption Plan by the end of September 2020. To give you some idea as to the scope of this undertaking, there are 41 separate Judicial Districts in North Carolina. Additionally, the Resident Superior Court Judge may even require a separate plan for District Court if it is deemed necessary.
The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, PC would like to congratulate Robyn M. Buckley for her nomination and acceptance in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is a national organization for trial attorneys on both sides of the “v,” meaning it is comprised of both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys. Candidates for consideration must be nominated by a fellow ABOTA member who feels that the individual meets the professional and ethical criteria set by the members, be in good standing with their respective State Bar, and have completed at least ten jury trials as lead counsel all the way through to verdict. Once nominated, the candidate must still be voted on and approved by the local State chapter as well as the National Board Members of ABOTA at an annual board meeting. Jason Taylor was honored to sponsor Robyn for inclusion in this wonderful organization as ABOTA is dedicated to the preservation of the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is an individual’s right to a trial by jury.
Congratulations to Robyn on her past and anticipated future success as a civil litigator.
The world of work in the United States, indeed the world, has been rocked by the emergence of COVID-19. Businesses shut down; employees let go, working reduced hours, or working remotely. For those who have still worked as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic arose, comes the added specter of contracting the Coronavirus from exposure at work.
Workers in the health care field – especially the medics, emergency room doctors, nurses, CNAs, cleaning staff, and others – face a high risk of contracting the very same illness that literally shut down entire countries and industries. Frontline healthcare workers have become seriously ill, and tragically some have died.
The whole country is rightfully concerned about the death of George Floyd while he was being arrested by the police. The video of Mr. Floyd begging for his life while being choked by kneeling Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is absolutely sickening. We at the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor want to add our voices to say what happened to Mr. Floyd is wrong, and that reforms are badly needed in the way that the police use force. The sad part is there could be a George Floyd every day somewhere in America.
Law enforcement has its share of problems like all other professions. The popularity of shows like the original “Cops!” and now “Live PD” has given the public a better understanding of the stresses and strains of policing the general public on a daily basis. The relative low pay combined with the high stress makes it tough to attract and keep qualified candidates. Budget restrictions make it difficult for some departments to do the necessary training to educate their officers better. We do not expect our law enforcement officers to be perfect, but we, as a society, do expect the officers to stay within bounds.
The First Amendment states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
At 5:00 p.m. on May 22nd North Carolina moved into Phase 2 of a three-part plan to resume business and social activities. What does this mean for North Carolina residents? Here is a guide:
What Is Open?
Coronavirus, also known as, COVID-19, is a novel respiratory pandemic that is infecting people around the world. As there is no vaccine as yet for Coronavirus, it thus is extremely dangerous. The best way so far as determined by the World Health Organization is to take precautions such as stay at home, social distance, and hand wash frequently. Where many people are taking these precautionary measures seriously, for the working class staying at home is perhaps not a practical option. This applies especially for those who can’t bring work to their homes and thus must go to work.
The number of COVID-19 infected people and deaths has truly crippled the country’s economy, including the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. The increase in the death toll due to Coronavirus daily has raised concerns among workers across industries and left them in confusion, and South Carolina is no different. According to the latest statistics, the confirmed cases for COVID-19 in South Carolina totaled 5,253. However, the COVID-19 related death toll in the state so far is 166. The highest numbers of new cases that have been reported recently in South Carolina include the following counties:
The hallmark of a free enterprise system is a structure where individuals are free to set the pricing on the products they sell. It is then up to buyers to determine if that is an acceptable price. In theory, if the price is too high, then buyers won’t buy and the seller will either have to lower their price or wait until the market changes. Generally, markets change over time and pricing is usually determined by supply and demand.
Time is running out to apply for one of our three (3) scholarships for One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) available to high schools seniors who reside in Pitt County, NC. Applications are extended through April 30, 2020 so hurry up and submit your application if you want to be considered.