From Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, in response to “Legislators rebuked yet again” (Aug. 15 editorial):
The Observer editorial board once again proves you can spin a fairy tale, but have trouble remembering the facts.
Your revised account of history leaves out that North Carolina’s congressional and legislative maps have been validated on no fewer than four occasions – pre-approved by President Obama’s Justice Department, upheld by a majority-Democrat N.C. Superior Court panel, and twice found constitutional by the N.C. Supreme Court.
After losing all of their previous court challenges, the plaintiffs – which you fail to mention include the N.C. Democrat party and other far-left special interests – tried the time-honored legal trick of “judge shopping.”
They filed yet another lawsuit in the sympathetic 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – a court that has changed drastically over the past eight years and whose lifetime-appointed judges have become politicians in black robes, unaccountable to the American people in any election.
Unsurprisingly, their ruling ignored the evidence, contradicted legal precedent and twisted the law in an effort to defend and justify their predetermined biased decisions.
As a legislator and concerned citizen, I am sickened by this judicial behavior that undermines the credibility of our judicial system and thwarts the Constitution and the will of the people. I am equally disturbed that the liberal media are willing accomplices to this travesty.
At least your fairy tale gets one thing right: the selection of the next president is pivotal to preserving the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.