Judge dismisses Albuquerque redistricting lawsuit

Updated: 01/05/2014 9:43 PM | Created: 01/05/2014 1:34 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry over a redistricting dispute about a year ago that moved a City Council district to the city's west side to account for population growth there.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William Johnson said the lawsuit was without merit, criticized those who brought the case for being sluggish in moving the case along and ruled the plaintiffs cannot re-file their case.

The lawsuit claimed that the new district arrangement made Hispanics less able to elect officials of their choice and that it interrupted "communities of interest" that organize for particular candidates or causes.

Berry signed the new districts into law in March 2012 and says he was confident the city would prevail.

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