Order: Hofeller files will remain secret a little longer

A Wake County Superior Court judge has extended the confidentiality of the files of deceased GOP mapmaker Tom Hofeller.

The confidentiality of the documents, known as the Hofeller files, was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, but Judge Vince Rozier entered an order Friday extending it to 11:59 p.m. Nov. 4.

Hofeller’s daughter, Stephanie Lizon Hofeller, turned over his electronic files after his death to the plaintiffs in a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit. The confidentiality of those files has been at issue almost during the pendency of that litigation, though 35 specific documents related to North Carolina redistricting in 2017 were released for a trial.

That case is still pending as a three-judge panel reviews remedial maps the General Assembly enacted. In the meantime, Rozier is deciding the issue of whether the rest of Hofeller’s thousands of files will become public.

The same three-judge panel reviewing those maps is also considering now whether to enjoin lawmakers from using the 2016 congressional map in next year’s election. They heard arguments in that partisan gerrymander challenge yesterday.

Read Rozier’s full order below.



18 CVS 14001 Order Ext Confidential Designation 10 25 19 (Text)

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