No Decision Yet on Legality of Redistricting, but Ruling to Come Soon

Feb 6, 2012

A Kentucky judge says he may rule by midweek on the constitutionality of legislative redistricting in a case that has the state's election filing deadline in flux.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd listened to more than four hours of arguments in a hearing Monday in Frankfort.

Shepherd had issued a temporary restraining order last week that pushed the filing deadline to the close of business Tuesday.

 He said he may extend that restraining order if necessary.

Attorneys for lawmakers who were negatively impacted in a heated redistricting battle asked for an injunction that would keep things on hold until the constitutionality issue is decided.

Kentucky's Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate have arranged legislative districts that lawmakers in the minority claimed to be unconstitutional.