Judge: Redistricting guru’s documents no longer confidential

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge says more than 100,000 computer documents generated by a recently deceased Republican redistricting guru covering several states are no longer under a court’s confidentiality order.

The files were subpoenaed by Common Cause and North Carolina Democrats from the daughter of Thomas Hofeller for a partisan gerrymandering trial in July.

Only a few dozen documents were used in that case, providing evidence a Republican advantage was the chief goal of redrawing General Assembly districts in 2017. Several dozen districts were thrown out.

Wake County Judge Vince Rozier wrote Monday there’s no justification to keep private the work Hofeller generated as an individual and not for the company. Common Cause says the documents covering nine states will reveal more about how Hofeller tried to fashion districts for Republicans.

Hofeller died last year.

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