Reeves recuses himself from NAACP remap lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another federal judge has recused himself from hearing a lawsuit filed over Mississippi redistricting.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said in court papers Monday that before became a judge, he joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as a lifetime member.

The Mississippi NAACP filed suit last month seeking to block this year’s legislative elections in the current but outdated districts. The suit argues that because some districts have many more residents than others that the map violates the constitutional principle of one-person, one-vote.

The suit was first assigned to U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan, but he recused himself because one of his relatives is running for the Legislature and could be affected by redistricting.

The case was assigned Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Tom Lee.

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