Appeals judge to keep out of North Carolina voter ID case

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court judge won’t participate in any deliberations over litigation that challenges the constitutionality of the state’s latest voter photo identification law.

The state Court of Appeals announced that Judge Chris Brook recused himself from the voter ID case.

The recusal was made known a few days after Republican lawmakers filed a motion seeking Brook be left out of the matter because of his previous work as an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer fighting against a 2013 voter ID law. Brook was appointed to the court last year.

The court said on Monday the GOP’s motion was moot because Brook already had recused himself. The order didn’t give his reason.

Three other judges from the 15-member court ruled last month that the updated photo ID requirement approved in 2018 shouldn’t be implemented.

Republicans are asking the full court to rehear the case and rule whether the panel got it wrong.

The public would have questioned Brook’s impartiality should he have participated, the GOP’s motion filed last week said.

The remaining 14 judges have yet to announce whether they will hear the preliminary injunction matter. The case ultimately could be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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