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Beaufort County Board of Education v. Beaufort County Board of Commissioners
North Carolina Court of Appeals
645 S.E.2d 857 (2007)
The Beaufort County Board of Education (plaintiff) sued the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners (defendant) over the latter’s alleged underfunding of Beaufort County’s public-school system. Before the trial commenced, the trial court orally ordered the parties and their counsel not to communicate with the news media about the litigation (the gag order). Media General Operations, Inc. (Media General), which owned a local television station, filed a motion with the trial court to dissolve the gag order. The trial began without the trial court ruling on Media General’s motion, and the trial court lifted the gag order once the case went to the jury. Notwithstanding the completion of the trial proceedings, Media General appealed the trial court’s imposition of the gag order.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Tyson, J.)
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