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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Ind. Decision - More on: Supreme Court, 5-0, upholds Marion County redistricting

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, here is John Tuohy's story in the Indianapolis Star. It begins:

The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday determined that a disputed redistricting map drawn by Indianapolis City-County Council Republicans in 2011 was legal and should stand.

The court unanimously sent the lawsuit, brought by council Democrats, back to the trial court with orders to reverse its earlier finding.

Democrats sued Mayor Greg Ballard after he signed off in late 2011 on the GOP-crafted map, which drew new council boundaries for the 2015 municipal election.

The outgoing GOP majority passed a map that became law on the first day of 2012 — just as Democrats took control of the council.

Democrats took their case to court, arguing that the plan violated a state law that required redistricting during 2012.

There, a five-judge panel, voting along party lines, ruled the ordinance signed by Ballard did not comply with the statutory time requirement for redistricting.

The panel then created its own boundaries.

But the state’s high court ruled Wednesday that the dispute “does not present a redistricting impasse that requires judicial intervention.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 8, 2014 09:14 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions