The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday refused Gov. Roy Cooper’s requests to accelerate legal action in a power struggle with Republican legislators. In one-sentence denials without explanation, the court denied motions by Cooper’s attorneys in litigation challenging the composition of the state elections and ethics board. The legal action stems from the justices’ earlier ruling favoring Cooper.
His lawyers have said granting their motions would have helped seat a new elections board quickly — potentially under old rules favoring him.
Attorneys for Republican legislators had urged the justices to reject the motions and let the case work its way back down through the judicial system at the normal pace. The denials mean the 4-3 ruling favoring Cooper now won’t be officially forwarded to a lower court until Feb. 15, three days after candidate filing begins for legislative, congressional and other seats this year.