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After being dismissed from Duke Hospital for allegedly refusing to commit perjury in a malpractice trail, Marie Sides is suing for wrongful termination. But first, she had to secure a precedent-setting ruling from the North Carolina Supreme Court for the right to sue on those grounds. The ruling was needed because North Carolina employers can fire non-contractual employees for any reason, including their refusal to do something unethical.
Julian Pierce’s murder has intensified the fear, suspicion and confusion already reigning in a racially troubled Robeson County. Pierce wanted better representation for minorities, and was running strong to become the first Native American to sit on North Carolina’s Superior Court bench. Some believe Pierce’s murder was a political assassination, but law enforcement say he was killed by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.