Martin Hires Outside Counsel in Federal Redistricting Lawsuit
Little Rock, Ark. (Feb. 7, 2012) - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced today that The Asa Hutchinson Law Group, PLC, will represent the office in the federal lawsuit filed by Future Mae Jeffers, state Senator Jack Crumbly and a number of other plaintiffs.
Martin is named as a defendant, along with Governor Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, in a civil rights lawsuit pertaining to legislative redistricting. The three comprise the Board of Apportionment.
The lawsuit alleges that the new Senate District 24 (parts of Cross, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee and Phillips counties) dilutes minority voting strength and reduces minorities’ chances of electing a state senator of their choice.
“Many people know that the Board adopted the proposed Senate maps on a split vote,” Martin said. “The vote is a public record. Since suit has been filed, I do not want to comment any more on the pending litigation, or related issues. Exercising an abundance of caution, my office has retained separate counsel for this lawsuit, as we have in some cases in the past.”
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