Decision postponed on NC redistricting maps

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January 12, 2012 3:26:55 PM PST
A three judge panel has wrapped up a hearing on the state's redistricting maps and whether the courts should decide if they are fair or not.

After more than three hours of arguments on both sides, the judges pushed their decision off to Friday, Jan. 20. Two things could happen that day. They could throw out the case brought by critics that the maps are racially biased as drawn by Republicans for their own political advantage. They could also rule those critics have a case and that there should be a trial to hear evidence from both sides.

Most observers expect the case will move forward. If that is the case, judges will hear more testimony on the same day, Jan. 20, to decide whether the presidential primaries should be held in May, as scheduled, or delayed until judges make a ruling on whether the maps are fair.

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