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Legal battle over U.S. gerrymandering shifts to North Carolina as trial begins

Legal battle over U.S. gerrymandering shifts to North Carolina as trial begins

Gerrymandering fight shifts to NCNorth Carolina’s state legislative districts were unconstitutionally  gerrymandered to entrench Republicans in power and must be thrown out, a  lawyer for state Democrats and a good-government advocacy group told a  panel of judges on Monday.

“Republicans in the General Assembly have manipulated the district  lines to guarantee that their party will control both the state House  and the state Senate, regardless of how people vote,” attorney R.  Stanton Jones said as a civil trial began in state Superior Court in  Raleigh. “This attack on representative democracy and voting rights is  fundamentally unfair.”

But a lawyer for Republican legislative  leaders, Phillip Strach, said the plaintiffs were seeking to use  “judicial fiat” to sidestep the electoral and legislative processes.

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