NC appellate court candidates gather for debate

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) -- Candidates for four North Carolina appellate court seats on the November ballot are gathering to discuss their judicial philosophies before a group of Triad-area attorneys.

Incumbents for the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and nearly all of their challengers were slated to participate Tuesday night in judicial debates sponsored by a Winston-Salem chapter of the conservative-leaning Federalist Society.

Associate Justice Paul Newby is running against Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV for Newby's seat. Incumbent Court of Appeals Judges Cressie Thigpen, Wanda Bryant and Linda McGee all are seeking re-election.

McGee's challenger won't attend the debates due to a scheduling conflict. All eight candidates are expected to attend a similar Federalist Society event in Raleigh next week.

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The debates are a good time to ask local Morganton Judge Jimmy Ervin what he knows about the SBI papers delivered to Morganton SBI Agent Chris Haas, that caused Haas to commit suicide this spring, right after opening the envelope? Why, if Haas is going to kill himself, did he have to burn up his house, also displacing his wife and kids? He has a gun, why not just use that to commit suicide? This makes no sense at all.

Every major mishandled North Carolina civil rights case has happened while the Ervin family clan has held very high offices in this State. Ervin appears to be running for personal motives revolving around serving on the utilities commission and the Duke-Progress Energy merger. It's time to keep the favortism agendas out of our state's most important most powerful seats. Republican Newby should rightfully keep his seat.

Technically, Ervin is running against Justice Paul Newby...not the other way around. This isn't the first article to word it the wrong way.