Attorney General Roy Cooper will not intervene and defend the General Assembly in the recently-filed lawsuit challenging the Greensboro redistricting plan lawmakers adopted in early July, according to this post in the News & Record.
The city and six residents sued the Guilford County Board of Elections in federal court, contending that House Bill 263 — which passed despite widespread opposition in the House and only after backroom arm-twisting — dramatically changes the city council’s district boundaries and denies residents the right to change their form of government in violation of the state and U.S. constitutions.
The challengers named the county board, which would be charged with implementing the plan, as the only defendant in the case, and have asked the court to block the plan pending a resolution of the lawsuit and at least until after the upcoming municipal elections.
“Neither the state nor its agencies have been sued in this lawsuit,” Noelle Talley, communications officer for the attorney general’s office, told the News & Record. “Our litigation resources are currently tied up elsewhere, especially in the election law area where other laws passed by the General Assembly are being challenged in court. Our office has suggested that legislative leaders use their authority to intervene and defend this lawsuit if they want that done.”
U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles will hear argument on the request for a stay of the plan on July 23 in federal court in Greensboro.