Over Accusations of Gerrymandering, Republicans Introduce Bill to Redraw Judicial Maps

Over Accusations of Gerrymandering, Republicans Introduce Bill to Redraw Judicial Maps

A controversial and last-ditch effort to overhaul the state’s judicial maps before the legislative session ends generated fierce debate at a committee hearing Monday, but passed and is headed to the House floor for debate.

The Republican proposal, sponsored by Representative Justin Burr of Stanely, would fundamentally alter the state’s existing judicial districts by redrawing prosecutorial districts as well as district and superior court lines—an effort critics say is a transparent attempt to stack the bench with Republican judges and an attack on the judicial branch. They also expressed concern that the bill was drafted without consulting key stakeholders for input, including judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.

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