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Legislative Democrats offer up high-powered legal team to defend redistricting



Continuing the slew of lawsuits against redistricting, five Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday petitioned to intervene in support of the redistricting amendments now under challenge in federal district court by Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Congressman Mario Diaz Balart.

Seeking to intervene in the Fair Districts case are Sen. Arthenia Joyner and Rep. Janet Cruz of Tampa, Rep. Luis Garcia of Miami, Rep. Joe Gibbons, and Rep. Perry Thurston of Broward. The legislators will be assisted by some high voltage fire power: the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.  (David Boies' high profile clients have included Al Gore in the Florida recount.)

The Dems already have some heavy hitters on their case announcing that they've hired: Joseph W. Hatchett, former Florida Supreme Court Justice and later United States Court of Appeals Judge, as Special Counsel for Redistricting. Hatchett was on the bench during the redistricting fight that played in his courtroom in 1992. He is now with the Akerman Senterfitt law firm where he serves as co-chair of Akerman's Appellate practice.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 11:09am]


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