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Legislators file witness list for court hearing over special master’s proposed redistricting

Legislative defendants in a racial gerrymandering case are planning on calling at least four witnesses [1] to testify in a hearing over a special master’s redistricting proposal.

They’ve also asked to call rebuttal witnesses “if the need arises,” according to the court document filed Friday. The hearing [2] in North Carolina v. Covington will be at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5 at the federal courthouse in Greensboro.

The special master, Stanford Law professor Nathaniel Persily, filed his final redistricting proposal Dec. 1. He redrew Senate districts in Cumberland, Hoke and Guilford counties and House districts in Sampson, Wayne, Mecklenburg, Guilford and Wake counties.

Lawmakers have vehemently objected to the maps and to Persily’s involvement in the case. The plaintiffs in the case, who are affected by the unconstitutional racial gerrymanders under the current maps, support Persily’s plan. They do not plan to call any witnesses during the Jan. 5 hearing.

These are the witnesses the legislative defendants plan to call: