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Court of Appeals – QNotes

Conviction upheld in assault on trans woman

Melvin Lamar Fields Sentence Based Upon an Assault Inflicting Seriously Bodily Injury

A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a North Carolina man charged with attacking and maiming a transgender woman in a November 2015 attack.

Gov. Cooper appoints gay judge to N.C.’s second-highest court

Republican judge approached Cooper to offer his early retirement

When Republican Court of Appeals Judge Douglas McCullough approached Gov. Roy Cooper to propose the judge’s early retirement, Cooper jumped at the chance to replace McCullough with a Democrat who would in some part earn back LGBTQ North Carolinians’ favor. Fifteen minutes after McCullough announced his retirement publicly, Gov. Cooper appointed openly-gay former appeals court judge John Arrowood for the seat.