Federal judges to draw state’s congressional lines

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) –
Handfuls of lawyers walked out of Federal Court in downtown Jackson Tuesday morning and although they don’t agree on everything, they do seem to agree something.

“This situation needs to be resolved as soon as possible,” said state Democratic Chairman Rickey Cole.

That situation is how the lines will be drawn for Mississippi’s four congressional districts.

It’s a task; according to law, supposed to be done by the legislature, but is now set to be done by three federal judges, the same three judges which drew the lines 10 years ago.

The new lines need to be in place by January 13, which is the qualifying deadline for congressional candidates.

WLBT
11/22/11