Robinson Bradshaw Represents Former Governors as Amici in Partisan Gerrymandering Case



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Aug. 7, 2019

Representing a bipartisan group of former North Carolina governors in a suit challenging partisan gerrymandering, Robinson Bradshaw has submitted an amicus brief in Wake County Superior Court. In their brief, Republican Gov. James G. Martin and Democratic Govs. James B. Hunt Jr., Michael F. Easley and Beverly E. Perdue, drawing on 36 consecutive years of service, share their perspectives with the court and urge the three-judge panel to end partisan gerrymandering before the next election. The governors argue that good government depends on communication and cooperation among state officials – across branches and political parties – and demands an abiding respect for separation of powers. The governors document how partisan gerrymandering has grown more extreme with rapid technological advances in recent years. The result, they explain, is that gerrymandering now threatens the separation of powers by enabling the entrenchment of a supermajority intent on transferring power from the executive to the legislature and interfering with judicial independence.

The amicus brief is available in full here.

Robinson Bradshaw attorneys John R. Wester, Adam K. Doerr, Erik R. Zimmerman, Kevin R. Crandall and Kristin L. Hendrickson represent the governors in the brief.

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