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The ChronkH Volume41,Number27 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, March 19,2015 C6tmty PubBe Library North Carolina Room * STATE CHAMPIONS 660 W Fifth St. "I I n I nil mil _ Winston-Salem ^3 Riverside PreP Martin I Photo by Craig T. Greenlee Winners celebrate sweet victory Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy's girls' team celebrates its first state title in Class 1-A basketball on Saturday, March 14 in Chapel Hill. See story on page Bl. Judge Burke assumes new position BY CHANEL DAVIS~" ^\ THE CHRONICLE The Honorable Logan Todd Burke has a new position downtown. The judge is adjusting to his new role as the 21st Judicial District of the Fifth Division senior resident superi or court judge for Forsyth County. "The job comes with more admin istrative responsibilities," Burke said. He is managing a staff of four that consists of trial court clerks and trial court coordinators. "It's been good service to the state of North Carolina and immediately to the counties that 1 serve," he said. Superior Court judges are attor neys who are elected for each district in non-partisan elections for eight year terms. Burke was re-elected in 2012. Regular Superior Court judges must reside in the district in which they are elected, but rotate from one district to another within their divi sion. The senior resident superior court judge has the most seniority of the superior court judges in the district and is responsible for carrying out various administrative duties, such as approving personnel hirings. He has jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases. Burke also holds court in Guilford, Stokes, Surry, Rockingham, Wilkes, Yadkin, Ashe, Alleghany, Randolph and Montgomery counties. Even with all the work Burke puts in at his new job, he couldn't imagine it any other way. "It's been a pleasant experience. See Judge on A6 The Honorable Logan Todd Burke Advocates bracing for decision Supreme Court to rule on Fair Housing Act BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE After striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to weigh in on another key piece of Civil Rights legislation, the 1968 Fair Housing Act. j The Supreme Court heard argu ments in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project in January and is expected to rule on it this summer. The case involves a key provision of the Fair Housing Act that states even if there is no intentional racism, that housing practices cannot have "dis parate impact" against a particular race, color, gender, reli gion, national origin, or people with disabilities. Both local and state organizations that deal with Fair Housing cases are waiting to see what the court does, since many of their cases involve more subtle forms of discrimination. / / See Housing on A6 Moye Commissioners renew commitment to prayer before meetings BY CHANEL DAVIS THE CHRONICLE Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is moving to resume prayer before its board meetings. The Board voted to adopt an updated policy regarding opening invocations before the board meetings, after an injunc tion to prohibit the sectarian prayer before meetings was thrown out in 2014. The vote was unanimous, with the motion to approve the updated policy made by Commissioner Gloria Whisenhunt and seconded by Commissioner Ted Kaplin. The seven member Board of Commissioners holds two business meet ings each month, on the second and fourth Mondays. The meetings are held in the County Commissioners Meeting Room on the fifth floor of the Forsyth County Government Center, 201 N. Chestnut St. in downtown Winston-Salem. The updated policy states that the invo cation will not be recognized as an agenda item, is not considered part of the public business and is not mandatory. The invoca tions will be done voluntarily by speakers who have responded to public notices that invite those who want to speak at the meet ings to contact the clerk to the board. "We are going to go ahead and place those ads and start scheduling as early as late March or April," said County Manager J. Dudley Watts Jr. "We'll do that every year and just keep a rotation going like we did before the lawsuit." An ad is in this week's Chronicle. Forsyth County previously invited clergy before commissioners meetings. In 2007, the county was sued. The lawsuit, Joyner v. Forsyth County, was filed by the local branches of the American Cilvil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State in theTT^. District Court for the Middle District of See Meetings on A7 Watts Witherspoon Beaty If fi a _ g j| ? To record law enforcement or not: Is it wrong? BY CHANEL DAVIS THE CHRONICLE In these days, in which everything is digital, it should be no surprise that a person's first instinct when wit nessing something is to record it. In these days, in which many in urban communities distrust the police because of recent incidents in New York, Los Angeles and Ferguson, Missouri, the need to record it all is enhanced. Those videos have become more of a checks and balances for many Jaw enforcement officers. "For many people. their first viewing of a citizen recording, not a recording by a photog rapher or news reporter, was the Rodney King beating in 1991. This was pow erful and the recording had an impact on pub lic opinion and the tri als," said Kimya N. Dennis, assistant pro fessor in the depart ment of Sociology and Criminal Studies at Salem College. "Yes, citizens have the legal right to record law enforcement as long as it does not interfere with law enforcement's job or cause a distrac tion. This ongoing debate across the coun try over the years has been driven by overall distrust of law enforce ment and the push for citizens to be proactive in holding law enforce ment accountable." Kami Chavis Simmons, professor of law and director of the See Sunshine on A7 : ???ASSURED III STORAGE of Winston-Salem, LLC cr> ? T WKKM 1 i MP? O ?? cr. ? oo ? r SUNSHINE WEEK YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW ?