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Attorneys wrap up arguments in NC redistricting

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A court hearing involving a pair of lawsuits over the maps drawn by Republicans for North Carolina’s congressional and legislative districts is over.

The panel of three Superior Court judges heard about 10 hours of testimony over two days before going home Tuesday. They didn’t immediately issue rulings over whether the maps are lawful or should be struck down. It’s unclear when the judges will have their decisions.

At issue are boundaries the General Assembly drew and voted for in 2011 that contributed to GOP gains at both the legislature and in the U.S. House.

Attorneys representing Democrats and advocacy groups argue dozens of districts are racial gerrymanders. Lawyers for the state and GOP legislative leaders disagree and say they followed redistricting criteria laid out by the state Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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