Saturday, April 21, 2012

Judges Move Cautiously Forward in New York Redistricting Battle

A three judge panel in Brooklyn Federal court today sought more evidence from parties on both sides of the state redistricting case Favors v. Cuomo, but decided to spread out hearings over the course of the next two weeks because of pending decisions on the lines in two other jurisdictions that could reshape what, if any, intervention they make in reshaping the district maps.

Next Friday, the Department of Justice in Washington  is expected to rule on whether New York’s redistricting plan complies with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and the New York State Court of Appeals in Albany is expected to rule on the viability of a 63rd Senate district, created in this year’s plan.

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