A highly technical redistricting case continues today (3/14) in Richmond City Circuit Court. The case centers around whether the lawmakers appropriately considered the constitutional compactness requirement or gave priority to other, non constitutional factors when drawing maps after the 2010 census.
During opening statements Monday, defense lawyers argued challengers are trying to change Virginia’s redistricting process through the courts by introducing a new way to measure how compact districts are.
Brian Cannon is Executive Director of the organization funding the legal challenge. He argues the court should be an appropriate venue for presenting new ways to make sure lawmakers are adhering to constitutional standards.
The defense is now set to present its side of the case today in day 2 of the trial.