Fed. judges dismiss Ark. redistricting appeal

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A three-judge panel has dismissed an appeal of last year's ruling upholding the way an east Arkansas Senate district's lines were redrawn.

The panel on Wednesday dismissed the appeal by former state Sen. Jack Crumbly and a group of residents in his district. The judges 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.

Crumbly is black and lost the Democratic primary in May to Keith Ingram, who is white. No Republican ran for the seat.

The judges in their ruling noted that Crumbly and the residents had not filed necessary paperwork with the U.S. Supreme Court and had not responded to the state's motion last month to dismiss the appeal.

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