Justice Robert Edmunds of the North Carolina Supreme Court has recused himself from participating in hearing a case involving his own reelection, according to Election Law Blog.
A Superior Court panel recently voided a new law giving elected N.C. Supreme Court justices an option to seek a new term in a retention, rather than contested, election (see Gavel Grab). The state’s elections board has asked for review of that ruling by the Supreme Court, and an expedited hearing was set for April 13.
Edmunds had planned to run for retention under the new law and more recently indicated his intention to run in a contested election. The challenge to the state law was brought by plaintiffs including an attorney who has intended to oppose Edmunds in event of a contested election. (more…)