Judge Rules Florida Legislature Gerrymandered U.S. House Districts

A Florida circuit court judge ruled the state legislature’s redistricting of U.S. congressional seats violated the Florida Constitution.

Judge Terry P. Lewis of the Second Circuit Court in Tallahassee ruled the boundaries drawn by Florida’s legislature amounted to a “secret, organized campaign to subvert the supposedly open and transparent redistricting process.”

The Thursday night decision stems from two cases brought against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Attorney General Pam Bondi challenging the state’s congressional redistricting. In the ruling, Judge Lewis says the redistricting approved by the Republican majorities in Florida's House and Senate in 2012 violated Florida’s Fair District Amendments, which require redistricting irrespective of political party or incumbency. Continue>>>