Federal Judge Terrence Boyle Unfit for Promotion to Appeals Court

Judge Boyle’s reversals in redistricting cases

Judge Boyle has been reversed by the Supreme Court in several decisions favoring white plaintiff voters in redistricting cases. These include opinions he authored in Cromartie v. Hunt, (Cromartie I), 34 F. Supp 2d 1029 (E.D.N.C. 1998), rev’d 526 U.S. 541 (1999), and Cromartie v. Hunt (Cromartie II), 133 F. Supp. 2d 407 (E.D.N.C. 2000), rev’d sub nom Easley v. Cormartie, 532 U.S. 234 (2001). In addition, in Cannon v. North Carolina State Board of Education, 917 F.Supp. 387 (E.D.N.C. 1996), Judge Boyle, for unknown reasons, issued an opinion in a case assigned to another judge – the reasoning of which was later rejected by both his colleague and the Fourth Circuit – before the case could be heard by the judge to whom it was assigned.

Cannon v. North Carolina State Board of Education

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