By The Associated Press
JACKSON – One federal judge has removed himself from a lawsuit over Mississippi legislative redistricting, and the case has been reassigned to a new judge who was involved in redistricting as a lawyer a decade ago.
U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan wrote in a court order Wednesday that he removed himself from the case because he learned that one of his relatives intends to run for the Legislature.
The case was moved to U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who was confirmed to the bench in December.
Reeves was an attorney for Democrats when Mississippi’s congressional redistricting went through courts after the 2000 Census.
The current redistricting lawsuit was filed by the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It seeks to block elections in the outdated districts.