Power Grab: Bill to shrink NC Court of Appeals for political advantage heads to Gov

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The number of state Court of Appeals judges would drop from 15 to 12 under a Republican bill that North Carolina lawmakers passed Tuesday and sent to the governor.

The Republican-backed measure would phase out the three judgeships as vacancies arise through retirements or resignations, and it would allow more matters be appealed directly to the state Supreme Court.

Critics contend the measure is meant to keep Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper from filling court vacancies, such as one created by an expected retirement in May.

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