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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Eve Carson killer to be sentenced again

Posted by on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Former Indy Week writer Matt Saldaña with Eve Carson in 2006
  • Former Indy Week writer Matt Saldaña with Eve Carson in 2006

Expect a swift—and angry—response on this one.

The N.C. Court of Appeals released its opinion today in the case of Laurence Alvin Lovette, one of two men convicted of killing UNC-Chapel Hill Student Body President Eve Carson in 2008. The high-profile murder case was one of the most notorious in UNC-Chapel Hill's history.

According to Tuesday's court opinion, Lovette is due a resentencing because of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last summer in Miller v. Alabama. The nation's highest court ruled then that a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment" if the defendant was under the age of 18 at the time of the crime. Lovette was 17 when Carson was murdered.

The state court opinion vacated Lovette's sentence and ordered the trial court to "determine the appropriate sentence" for Lovette.

Read former INDY Week writer Matt Saldaña's 2008 Front Porch feature on Carson here.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Debra Goldman resigns from Wake school board

Posted by on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The conservative voting bloc on Wake County's school board is fading fast.

Debra Goldman confirmed to the News and Observer today that she is moving to Wilkes County and has submitted her resignation to the Board of Education.

This could allow Democrats on the board to create a 7-2 majority, which would be more diversity-friendly and more likely to push for additional funding during budget season.

According to the N&O's report, Goldman appears to have been automatically removed from the board when she changed her voter registration to Wilkes County. If that's true she won't be able to vote at Tuesday's board meeting.

Here are the only details, directly from the N&O story, to emerge on Goldman's relocation:

On Friday, Goldman said she is in the process of moving to Ronda, in Wilkes County, where she appears on voter rolls and where she’ll be taking a job with a nonprofit organization. She declined to name the organization.

Goldman tells INDY Week she'll be holding a press conference Sunday at 1:00 pm at 19 W. Hargett St. Suite 512 in Raleigh.

Goldman has tried to brand herself as the board's watchdog, since Democrats regained the majority in 2011. She often asked seemingly endless strings of questions on particular subjects. INDY Week columnist Bob Geary wrote that her actions amounted to filibusters, rather than watchdogging.

Goldman was elected in 2009, when Republicans swept that year's school board elections.

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    The Wake County school board's Republican block is quickly disappearing.

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