Judge orders redo of legislative redistricting

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ruled that Kentucky lawmakers
can't implement newly redrawn legislative districts.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd made that ruling
Tuesday afternoon in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of
newly redrawn district boundaries.

Shepherd also set Friday as a new deadline for legislative
candidates to file to run in this year's elections.

House Republicans unhappy with the outcome of the legislative
redistricting battle filed a lawsuit in January challenging the
constitutionality of newly drawn boundaries, claiming they favor
Democrats. A Senate Democrat displaced in the redistricting process
joined the lawsuit, which contends that the new legislative
districts could have been better balanced by population and that
they could have been drawn in a way would have required fewer
splits in counties and precincts.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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