Tags:Here's an excerpt from the article published on WRAL.com. Scroll below for the outlet's video of the entire Jan. 12 hearing.
The legal fight over North Carolina's new boundaries for General Assembly and congressional districts returned to court Thursday as attorneys for the state attempted to persuade judges that challenges to the maps should be thrown out.
A three-judge panel held a 3½-hour hearing in Raleigh Thursday afternoon for arguments on the state's request to dismiss a pair of lawsuits filed by dozens of Democratic elected officials, voters and advocacy groups.
They reached no decision, however, and scheduled another hearing for Jan. 20.
The lawsuits allege the maps are unlawful because they scoop up black voters into districts to reduce their overall political power and that boundaries cross too many county lines. The lawsuits' authors want judges to block the maps from being used in the 2012 elections.
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