Judge Hears Appeals Of State Legislators Who Don't Want To Hand Over Documents

A federal trial judge has listened to arguments over whether North Carolina lawmakers have to hand over their documents about last year's election overhaul law when subpoenas demanded them.

Attorneys for state officials and groups who helped sue to overturn parts of the elections law went before U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder on Friday in Winston-Salem. The issue is the state's appeal of a federal magistrate judge's ruling that said the legislators didn't have broad immunity from the subpoenas.

When asked about the appeals, Governor Pat McCrory said, "I think the courts have already ruled that they're going to need to hand them over. The executive branch already has to on all items so I have no problem with the transparency as long as they aren't ridiculous requests, which take up so much work for us to go through thousand and thousands of emails. They need to be a little more targeted in what they're looking for."

Judge Schroeder listened for more than two hours and didn't say when he would rule. Civil rights groups and voters who sued because they say several provisions of the law are discriminatory want a hearing this summer to block the law's use in the November elections while the suit continues.

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