After watching an unending string of their unconstitutional laws be obliterated by the courts, Tillisberger passed a law (itself unconstitutional) requiring lawsuits against their unconstitutional laws to be heard by a three-judge panel. They figured that this might, through some (ahem) "judicious" judge shopping, allow their unconstitutional laws to remain in force.
They never expected that Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory would get off his leash just long enough to file suit against one of their unconstitutional laws, and they surely didn't expect he'd win.
But the legislature-imposed three-judge panel did indeed rule against the Jones Street House of Pain.
The General Assembly overstepped its authority when it created independent commissions to oversee a trio of environmental issues, a three judge panel ruled Monday in a suit brought by Gov. Pat McCrory.
The next act in this circus will be the appeal by Bergermoore.
In a joint statement, Senate Presidnet [sic] Pro Temp Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said they were "disappointed" and will appeal the decision.
This entire morass, of course, is a result of the NC GOP's attempt to insulate itself from the impact of its own policies by creating (ahem) "independent" commissions such as the Coal Ash Commission that serve to remove accountability for poor decisions, bad policy and sleazy politics.
This circus surely is amusing. It would be more entertaining if it weren't one of the things that's destroying our state.