Hunter heads back to Court of Appeals

Posted December 22, 2014

— After a four-month stint on the North Carolina Supreme Court, Justice Robert N. Hunter is heading back to the state Court of Appeals to take the place of the man who edged him out for an eight-year term on the high court. 

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Hunter, who had been serving as a Court of Appeals judge, as an associate justice on the state Supreme Court in August. He took the place of Mark Martin, who had just been elevated to chief justice. 

At the time, Hunter, of Morehead City, was already running for state Supreme Court against Sam Ervin IV, a state Court of Appeals judge with whom Hunter had served. Ervin bested Hunter in November's election, creating a vacancy on the Court of Appeals that Hunter will now fill.

"I am grateful Justice Hunter has agreed to devote his considerable legal skills and experience to the continued service of our state," McCrory said in a statement Monday.


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  • Brenda Matthews Dec 29, 2014
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    I understand what you are saying, but it is not always a situation of the people not wanting a particular candidate, but rather them wanting another one more.

    I have to admit, I am not a fan either. I would hate to see yet another constitutional amendment for something that can be fixed next election if it is truly what the people want.

  • Buck Godwin Dec 23, 2014
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    Should be a constitutional amendment prohibiting the appointment of a person to the same or similar position after an election defeat. That move just smacks the voters in their faces by saying that regardless of the vote, it really doesn't count. BTW, McCrory is not the only governor who has pulled this stunt.

  • Eq Videri Dec 22, 2014
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    Good man, good judge, good outcome.