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Without PrecedentThe Life of Susie Marshall Sharp$
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Anna R. Hayes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832141

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887813_hayes

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Without Precedent
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Anna R. Hayes

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807887813_hayes.19

This chapter discusses one indicator of a rapidly changing world—a lady justice garnering more votes than any other candidate on the ballot statewide. Ironically, although the revolutionary social changes and political tides that swept over Justice Sharp like all other Americans during the 1960s and 1970s affected every aspect of her day-to-day life, there was perhaps no sturdier shelter from the storm than within the walls of the North Carolina Supreme Court. The constitutional issues of the day were mostly questions for the federal, not state, courts. With a few exceptions, in which the state supreme court had to grapple with ripple effects emanating from the Great Society and the Vietnam War, Judge Sharp was largely spared the agony of wrestling with the more inflammatory aspects of national public policy from the bench.

Keywords:   lady justice, revolutionary social changes, Supreme Court, Justice Sharp, North Carolina, constitutional issues

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