Raleigh, NC -- People who challenged North Carolina's boundaries for seats in the General Assembly and Congress in late 2011 are making their full arguments in person before a three-judge panel.
Two days of court hearings involving a pair of redistricting lawsuits were set to begin Monday morning in a Wake County courtroom.
Democratic voters and other groups want the judges to declare the maps unconstitutional. They say Republican lawmakers illegally packed black voters, split voting precincts and failed standards to keep whole counties within districts.
Lawyers defending the maps for GOP legislative leaders want the lawsuits thrown out. They say federal laws and court cases require majority-black districts whenever feasible.
Oral arguments were delayed for months as the state Supreme Court ruled on which documents attorneys were obligated to release.