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Hunter fills Martin's NC associate justice seat

Posted August 20, 2014

— A Republican Court of Appeals judge will join the state Supreme Court two months before he's scheduled to be on the ballot to run for the same seat on North Carolina's highest court.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Judge Robert Hunter of Morehead City on Wednesday to become an associate Supreme Court justice and fill the remainder of Justice Mark Martin's term starting September 6. McCrory picked Martin to become the next chief justice when Chief Justice Sarah Parker retires Aug. 31.

Both Martin and Hunter are seeking full eight-year terms at their new positions in November. Martin faces Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis. Hunter is running against Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV.

Hunter's move creates a vacancy on the Court of Appeals.

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  • miseem Aug 20, 2014

    Just what we need. Another Republican in the NC Supreme Court. Next thing you know, they will rule that coal ash ponds are people too. So we can't just dig them up and rebury them without the permission of their next of kin, Duke Power. And they are people also (thanks to our enlightened GOP controlled US Supreme Court), so we can't make them pay for it if we force them to do it. Even if it is a health hazard.