by Kelly Fetty
Last month the legislation pundits and press have called North Carolina's "monster" voting law spawned a monster trial in the Middle District of North Carolina. For three weeks, national and international media watched as 47 witnesses testified either live or on video, and more than a dozen experts presented thousands of pages of evidence before Judge Thomas D. Schroeder in courtroom #2 of the Hiram H. Ward Federal building in downtown Winston-Salem.
It would be impossible to summarize a month-long trial in a single post. Instead, I've settled on five core concepts that are central to the case. Understanding these concepts will help BlueNC readers navigate the legal logic of the trial — and, eventually, Judge Schroeder's written decision.
Before I go on, a caveat: I'm not a lawyer or a law student. I'm a person who writes and who attended every day of the trial. My understanding of these concepts comes from my own background research before attending the trial and from the day-in, day-out observation of the lawyers arguing the case.