NC redistricting foes again seek to remove Newby

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 03:23 PM

Opponents of new boundaries for North Carolina General Assembly and congressional seats are again asking the state Supreme Court to force an associate justice to recuse himself from upcoming arguments.

Lawyers have filed a motion asking that Associate Justice Paul Newby not participate in deciding the upcoming redistricting case. They say previous court rulings and the judicial conduct code require Newby to withdraw from the case because a Republican group with a vested interest in retaining the current maps gave $1.2 million to another group that helped support his 2012 re-election.

The same attorneys asked the same thing of Newby earlier in a legal conflict involving whether certain redistricting documents used by General Assembly staff were protected by attorney-client privilege. The justices denied that request last December.