Federal judge dismisses redistricting lawsuit

From Staff Reports

   The federal district court in Memphis has dismissed a redistricting lawsuit filed by a group of voters in an effort to compel the Tennessee General Assembly to accelerate redistricting of state legislative and congressional districts for the 2002 elections.
   Plaintiffs in the suit claimed they were entitled under the Due Process clause of the U.S. Constitution to 90 days' notice of new district lines prior to the April 4 qualifying deadline for the August 2002 primary election. Such a deadline would have required the Legislature to adopt new plans by Jan. 5, 2001.
   Federal Judge Bernice Donald agreed to dismiss the case on those grounds, noting that the plaintiffs failed to articulate in the complaint "any judicially cognizable injury to a federal right."