By Annie Blythe
The News Observer
State lawmakers defended their new congressional districts in a response submitted Monday evening to a three-judge federal court panel.
In a 40-page document, Alexander McC. Peters, senior deputy attorney general for North Carolina, and Thomas Farr, a private Raleigh attorney representing legislators, contended that the General Assembly “scrupulously followed” the federal court’s Feb. 5 order that struck down the 1st and 12th congressional districts as racial gerrymanders.