Federal court to review remap

Six months ago, this columnist predicted that Mississippi’s legislative redistricting battle would ultimately be resolved in the federal courts.

Led by longtime Mississippi voting rights attorney Carroll Rhodes of Hazlehurst on behalf of the Mississippi NAACP and three other plaintiffs, the first federal lawsuit was filed Thursday over the 2011 redistricting of the state’s 174 legislative districts.

That suit was filed only hours after the state Senate invited conference on the House and Senate redistricting plans by a margin of 29-18 votes.

Clarion Ledger
3/17/11