Special Master Appointed In N.C. Redistricting Case: What Does That Mean?


Publish Date:
October 26, 2017
  • Billman, Jeffrey C.
Indy Week
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A short while ago, news broke that the federal judges in Greensboro overseeing the Covington v. North Carolina gerrymandering case appointed their own special master to help them determine whether nine redrawn legislative districts pass muster and to redraw them if they don’t. The special master is Nathaniel Persily, a professor of law at Stanford Law School who has helped several states draw their districts.

You can read the whole order below.

Per the order, the two parties have two business days to object to Persily, if they think he has a conflict of interest. That state will pick up the tab for his work—$500 per hour, which, the order notes, is “half his usual hourly rate.” (You can also read his extensive résumé in the PDF below.)

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