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An administrative body's ruling should be upheld if it is supported by evidence on which the administrative body could reasonably base its decision. - More than a mere scintilla of evidence. It excludes vague, uncertain, or irrelevant matter. It implies a quality of proof which induces conviction and makes an impression on reason.  The substantiality of evidence must take into account whatever in the record fairly detracts from its weight. Universal Camera Corp. v. NLRB, 340 U.S. 474, 477, 487-88, 71 S.Ct. 456, 459, 464-65, 95 L.Ed. 456 (1951).


Substantial evidence is 'such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion.' State v. Smith, 300 N.C. 71, 78-79, 265 S.E. 2d 164, 169 (1980). The issue of substantiality is a question of law for the court. If the evidence is sufficient only to raise a suspicion or conjecture as to either the commission of the offense or the identity of the perpetrator, the motion to dismiss should be allowed. State v. Cutler, 271 N.C. 379, 383, 156 S.E. 2d 679, 682 (1967). This is true even though the suspicion is strong. State v. Evans, 279 N.C. 447, ...

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