Ark. asks court to dismiss redistricting appeal
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state panel in charge of legislative redistricting has asked a federal court to dismiss an appeal of an order upholding the way an east Arkansas Senate district's lines were redrawn.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Tuesday asked a federal court to dismiss the appeal by former state Sen. Jack Crumbly and a group of residents in his district. A three-judge panel last year rejected a lawsuit by Crumbly and the residents that claimed the Board of Apportionment violated the U.S. Constitution by lowering the number of voting-age blacks.
In Tuesday's filing, the attorney general's office said that Crumbly's attorney missed the Dec. 17 deadline to file a jurisdictional statement with the U.S. Supreme Court, and has not requested an extension with the court.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.