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Judge hears appeals of NC legislators on subpoenas

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A federal trial judge has listened to arguments over whether North Carolina lawmakers have to hand over their documents about last year's election overhaul law when subpoenas demanded them.

Attorneys for state officials and groups who helped sue to overturn parts of the elections law went before U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder on Friday in Winston-Salem. The issue is the state's appeal of a federal magistrate judge's ruling that said the legislators didn't have broad immunity from the subpoenas.

Schroeder listened for more than two hours and didn't say when he would rule. Civil rights groups and voters who sued because they say several provisions of the law are discriminatory want a hearing this summer to block the law's use in the November elections while the suit continues.

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