Yesterday, Governor McCrory’s office issued a statement that NC Attorney General Roy Cooper had changed course and would be defending HB2.
This statement was based on multiple documents, one filed on May 27th by the NC Attorney General’s office.
These documents arguably showed an intent to defend the state that included a motion to extend the response deadline.
Here’s the text from one of them:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Special Deputy Attorney General Amar Majmundar of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office enters his Notice of Appearance as counsel representing Defendant the State of North Carolina.
Respectfully submitted, this 31st day of May, 2016.
The documents are linked below:
Later in the day, the Cooper Campaign issued a statement that said the opposite of the legal filings. He will not be defending HB2 and the filings were ‘procedural’.
— Tim Boyum (@BoyumTWCnews) June 2, 2016
Judge Orr tweeted back, Cooper can’t have it both ways:
@BoyumTWCnews Cooper can’t be 1/2 in – 1/2 out. When Olga signed the Motion for the State, she did so on behalf of the AG, her employer.
— Judge Bob Orr (@JudgeBobOrr) June 2, 2016
If Cooper is not defending the state, then why hasn’t he filed a motion to that end instead of a time extension?
The McCrory campaign has called for Cooper to resign.