UNCONSTITUTIONAL REDISTRICTING Federal Judges Find WV Redistricting Unconstitutional
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Chris Mazivanhanga
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Jan. 3, 2012 10:35 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A panel of judges has ruled West Virginia's congressional redistricting plan is unconstitutional. The ruling came down from the Federal Judges Tuesday afternoon.
Two of three judges came to the conclusion that the Mountain State's three congressional districts are not as equal as they should or could have been. Their 2 to 1 ruling says the plan violates the 14th amendment's equal protection clause.
Judges have given the legislature and Governor Tomblin until January 17th to come up with a new plan. If they aren't able to do so, the court will impose its own.