Jan 3, 2012- Federal Judges Throw Out W.Va. Congressional Redistricting Plan

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Lawmakers have two weeks to come up with a new congressional map, or a panel of federal judges will impose one.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A federal panel of judges has voided West Virginia's congressional redistricting plan.

In a 2-1 ruling issued Tuesday, the judges gave the Legislature and the governor until Jan. 17 to come up with a new plan. If they don't, the court will impose one of its own.

The judges concluded that the state's three congressional distridcts aren't as equal as they should or could have been. Their ruling says the plan violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.

The decision came in lawsuit filed by the Jefferson County Commission. Kanawha County lawyer Thornton Cooper later joined the case.

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