Chapter 90 and 42 U.S.C. Section 1983: Raising the Bar for Pro Se Plaintiffs

Matt Little

In recent years, the Defense Bar has seen historic numbers of pro se prisoner filings. Along with this increase is a new litigation trend that involves coupling traditional medical malpractice claims under Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes with Federal civil rights claims under 42 USC Section 1983. Given the cap on non-economic…

Local Governments Haunted by Graveyard Regulations

Patrick Scott

During the month of October, front yards across the country are transformed into ancient burial grounds where long term tenants are attempting to escape. In most situations, this spellbinding event vanishes on November 1st, leaving authentic cemeteries to exist without much thought until the next October. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has made “private cemeteries” –…

Jail Safety During COVID-19

Patrick Scott and Brad Inman

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way we, as a society, operate in our daily lives. Sheriffs and their leadership have been especially affected due to the challenges operating a detention facility presents during the pandemic. Jails around the country have attempted multiple strategies to protect the inmate population, including isolation, testing, and early release…