A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, said she would file a lawsuit on Wednesday urging the court "in an effort to keep Congressional District 5's boundaries as they are currently."
But that opportunity expired Monday when the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, William Warinner and James Miller, asked the federal court in the Northern District of Florida to dismiss the case. Download Warriner 2015-08-10 Notice of Voluntary Dismissal
The plaintiffs had complained that Brown's district, as drawn by the Florida Legislature, was "bizarrely shaped," an "unjustifiable concentration of African-American voters" and a violation of their equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment. Download FL warinner 20140116 amd complaint
Last week, Brown filed a motion to intervene in the case, claiming that the "base maps" proposed by the Legislature will result in "minority vote dilution and hamper the ability of the state's minority residents to elect a candidate of choice."
Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano told the Herald/Times Tuesday that while legislators may disagree with the court's order to draw an east-west map, they could pass it to comply with the state court and hope for a federal court to intervene.