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NC state judicial candidates gather for debate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The eight candidates for four North Carolina appeals court seats up for election this fall talked up fairness and impartiality at a debate and avoided controversy on issues that could come up before their courts in the future.

The candidates for one state Supreme Court seat and three Court of Appeals seats spoke at Wednesday night’s debate in downtown Raleigh and sponsored by the conservative-leaning Federalist Society.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Newby is seeking a second eight-year term. He’s being challenged by Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV.

The pair did talk about a so-called super PAC whose leaders have said they’re raising money to support Newby. Ervin said he’s concerned it could increase the politicization of the courts, but Newby said he’s a proponent of free speech.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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