Write a 2,000 to 3,000 word essay on “Respect for the judicial system is essential to the fair administration of justice,” forward the essay to Judge Coward for approval, and once approved, post it on all social media or on the Internet accounts which the defendant owns or controls during his probationary period or which the defendant later acquires and which are attributed to the defendant during this probationary period without any negative comment or other negative criticism from the defendant or any other person …
The judge and the appeals court insisted that under Section 15A-1343 of the North Carolina Bylaws (“Probation Conditions”) judges have the discretion to “impose probation conditions reasonably necessary to ensure that the defendant is law-abiding Leads life or to help him with it. “NCGS § 15A-1343 (a). “
It is astonishing that the appellate court spends relatively little time publishing and censoring the orders. Instead, pages are given for simple questions like the sanction of contempt and a rejection motion. After describing the extraordinary order in relation to the essay and the censorship, the court only finds that:[d]Despite the defendant’s argument that his verdict “is against the law,” he does not cite any authority to support this argument. “
Even if so, this does not release the court from convincing itself that the opinion does not violate constitutional law.
The cursory treatment by the appeals court seems almost verbose when compared to the less than a page long decision upheld by the North Carolina Supreme Court.