3-judge US panel chosen in Miss. remapping lawsuit

JACKSON — Three federal judges have been appointed to consider a lawsuit over Mississippi legislative redistricting.

The case will be heard by two U.S. District judges, Tom S. Lee and Louis Guirola, and by Judge E. Grady Jolly, who’s on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Court records show the three were appointed this week by Edith H. Jones, chief judge for the 5th Circuit.

Jolly was one of three judges who heard a Mississippi congressional redistricting lawsuit a decade ago.

The current lawsuit was filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It seeks to block elections in the current but outdated state legislative districts.

The 122 House districts and 52 Senate districts must be updated each decade to reflect population changes revealed by the 2010 Census.

The Associated Press