City Council redistricting lawsuit dismissed
Marc Campos mentions this in passing:
This past Friday, a federal judge threw out Lopez v. City of Houston. That is the lawsuit filed by Vidal Martinez to force the City of H-Town to draw two more district council seats immediately. I guess it is not going to happen until 2011.
I've searched Google, and I've searched the Southern District Court webpage
, and other than this May 8 tweet from Liz Lara Carreno
, I can't find anything more on this beyond what Marc has written. The lawsuit, you may recall, was filed in February
to force the city to abide by the 1979 ruling that required two new district Council seats to be created when the population hit 2.1 million. The city's argument was that they wanted to wait till after the 2010 Census, while the plaintiffs argued that sufficient data existed today to do the job in time for this November's election. A copy of the suit is here
, in RTF format. If anyone can point me to an opinion or an order or something so I can have some idea of the reason for the dismissal, I'd appreciate it. Thanks very much.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 26, 2009 to Local politics