The U.S. Supreme court has affirmed a lower court ruling on redistricting, allowing state lawmakers to run in their current districts this year.
The Justices rejected an appeal from the Mississippi NAACP. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday that the decision reaffirms the legislature's right to redistrict itself. "They affirmed the three judge panel," said Hosemann. "What that means is that validated all of the elections going on now next Tuesday, in the process that we incurred to get to this point. It also dumps the ball clearly in the Legislature for next year to redistrict themselves."
NAACP attorney Carroll Rhodes told us Monday, the plaintiffs are disappointed. Rhodes said the Supreme Court decision means that the litigation will continue at tremendous expense to both the plaintiffs and the State of Mississippi. We will be back in front of the Legislature this winter and spring. Back in Federal district court this spring and maybe back in the U.S. Supreme court.
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