RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has peppered attorneys involved in the latest round of redistricting with questions about whether certain documents generated by lawyers for the mapmakers are public or can remain confidential.
Six of the seven justices on the state's highest court got involved in questioning during Tuesday's oral arguments in Raleigh.
A lower court ruled this spring outside lawyers for Republican lawmakers who drew congressional and legislative district boundaries must provide more emails to voters and groups who sued to block the maps from being used.
Tom Farr is one of state-paid attorneys for the legislative leaders. He says the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege. Those who sued say the law demands that all redistricting documents must be released.
It's unclear when the justices will rule.
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