US Supremes to hear NC redistricting case October 14

The United States Supreme Court will hold oral arguments Tuesday, October 14, 2008 on an appeal from a North Carolina Supreme Court decision that the North Carolina State House of Representative redistricting plan adopted November 25, 2003 violates both the North Carolina Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (text of State Supreme Court decision here) .  The United States Supreme Court had agreed on March 17, 2008 agreed to hear the appeal of the State of North Carolina.

While the state court decision would require the 2009 General Assembly to redraw two or three house districts in New Hanover and Pender Counties, the case could also have ramifications for the entire state house plan and for similar issues in other states. In addition to the brief of the State, seven amicus (friend of the court) briefs have also been filed before the US Supreme Court.

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