Read the full transcript from arguments in North Carolina’s Moore v. Harper case

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in October 2017 as justices heard arguments in a key gerrymandering case. A new case, Moore v. Harper, was before the court Dec. 7, 2022. It could further loosen rules for politicians to gerrymander their districts. (TOM BRENNER/NYT)

A written transcript of Wednesday’s oral arguments in Moore v. Harper is now publicly available on the U.S. Supreme Court’s website.

The case, named partly for N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, is an appeal of a gerrymandering ruling that Republican legislators lost at the state Supreme Court earlier this year.

But it’s also much more than that, since the legislature’s appeal to the nation’s highest court centers around the “independent state legislature” theory. It suggests that no state courts, anywhere in the country, should be allowed to rule election laws unconstitutional if they affect federal elections.

The News & Observer covered the oral arguments Wednesday morning and the reaction afterward from North Carolinians gathered in Washington, including Moore and the state’s Democratic attorney general, Josh Stein.

But only so much of a three-hour-long legal proceeding can make it into a single news article.

For people who want to read the entire 208-page transcript to get a sense of the details of the day’s arguments, and exactly how the justices phrased their questions, the written version offers the full ebb and flow of the case.

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