Three U.S. judges hear arguments in Miss. remapping case

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Attorneys in Mississippi redistricting case presented federal judges with several options during a hearing Friday.

The three judges gave no indication what they’d decide.

Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi should have House and Senate elections this year using maps that were debated but not fully adopted during the recently ended legislative session. Hood says the 2011 election would be for a four-year term, then lawmakers in 2012 could draw new districts for the 2015 and 2019 elections.

Michael Wallace, attorney for Republican Party, said there’s no basis for using maps that didn’t receive final approval by the House and Senate.

The 122 House districts and 52 Senate districts are redrawn every decade to reflect population changes.

A lawsuit by the NAACP moved redistricting into federal court.