Justice Paul Newby

Newby moves quickly to take over court system

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Putting McCrory's darling boy in charge of the courts:

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby appointed Andrew T. Heath to lead the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts, according to a North Carolina Judicial Branch press release today. Heath served as a superior court judge with statewide jurisdiction, where he heard both civil and criminal cases. He replaces McKinley Wooten Jr., who was appointed by former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley as the interim director of the Administrative Office of the Courts in 2019 and later took the permanent spot.

Then-Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Heath for a five-year term as a special superior court judge in December 2016 to fill a vacancy, right before leaving office following his loss to Gov. Roy Cooper in the election.

And that appointment was a plum offered to Heath because of his faithful service (dog) behavior. Apparently Newby is "cleaning house" at the admin offices of the court system, including experienced attorneys:

Theocracy from the bench: Paul Newby needs to step down

His bible-thumping has grown deafening:

Justice Paul Newby was a guest speaker at the rally - "Heart & Soul: A Night of Prayer and Worship." What he had to say may haunt him in future cases before his court. While the 61-year-old justice, who is in his second term, didn't specifically endorse HB2, he alluded to it, recounting meetings with pastors from California and Maine who said they are praying for North Carolina to uphold the law. He added: "Let me tell you as a judge, our religious liberties are hanging by a thread."

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