Attorneys: North Carolina Congress remap claims still stand
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Attorneys in North Carolina's congressional redistricting litigation have made arguments to federal judges that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on partisan gerrymandering favors their respective clients.
The three-judge panel that last January struck down the state's congressional boundaries received legal briefs before a Wednesday deadline. The Supreme Court last month vacated the judges' earlier ruling and told the three judges to examine the case in light of its ruling involving Wisconsin legislative districts.
Wednesday's briefs from advocacy groups, the state Democratic Party and voters say the Wisconsin ruling shouldn't alter the three-judge panel's previous decision that the lines violate several portions of the U.S. Constitution.
But lawyers for Republican lawmakers defending the map wrote that the Wisconsin ruling means the North Carolina boundaries should be left intact.