- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Supreme Court justice who sought another term this fall using a new up-or-down voting option to approve or reject him won’t be judging the constitutionality of that retention election law.

A Supreme Court scheduling order in a lawsuit challenging the law says Associate Justice Bob Edmunds is recused from the case. There were no other details provided.

The court’s other six members will hear oral arguments April 13. Trial judges last month struck down the retention law the General Assembly approved last year. The ruling was appealed.

Edmunds is the only justice who could use the retention option this year. A new candidate period began this week for Edmunds’ seat under previous election rules. Edmunds and the Wake County attorney who sued over the law have filed.

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