Judge Orders More Records For NC Maps Challengers

Some North Carolina judges have ordered Republican legislative leaders and attorneys who worked on redistricting maps last year to provide more documents requested by Democratic elected officials and allies challenging the maps in court.

The three-judge panel hearing two lawsuits ruled Friday there are no exceptions to a law that makes drafted bills and other confidential redistricting requests by lawmakers public once congressional and General Assembly district maps become law.

Lawyers defending the maps on behalf of the Legislature have argued some documents should remain confidential under attorney-client privilege and because some were created in anticipation of future litigation.

The judges pointed out the law doesn't apply to documents prepared by the state Attorney General's Office, or to the Legislature's outside attorney records solely for litigation.

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