Friday, December 16, 2011

GOP lawsuit on prison gerrymandering is tossed


State Supreme Court Judge Eugene Devine has dismissed the lawsuit brought by several GOP senators — including Queensbury’s Betty Little — against the state law requiring that state prisoners must be counted for purposes of reapportionment in their pre-incarceration addresses, and not in the prisons where they currently lay their heads. Democrats and Republicans have argued for years over the fairness of the old system, which tended to boost rural, upstate, Republican districts with convicts from largely urban and Democratic regions.
The suit had complicated the work of LATFOR, the legislative panel charged with drawing new legislative lines. GOP sources say the plaintiffs plan to appeal.

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