Court dismisses legislature's motion, says it can hear challenge to Senate map
Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis denied a motion by the Florida Legislature today to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the lawsuit challenging the state Senate redistricting plan.
Legislators argued that the trial court should not hear the case because it should be handled exclusively by the Florida Supreme Court. Lewis disagreed and concluded that argument "flies in the face of case law." Download 2013 01 17 Order Denying Motion to Dismiss
The lawyer for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Adam Schachter, released the following statement:
“Judge Lewis’s order means that Floridians will have their day in court. This ruling gives our citizens the right to scrutinize the conduct and motives of those who drew the map.”