Suffolk Delegate Chris Jones, who is commonly referred to as the “architect” of the 2011 House of Delegates redistricting maps, took the witness stand Tuesday (3/14). He testified there are real-world implications that aren’t necessarily factored in to expert “compactness” measurements, like the ones challengers are using to dispute some of the districts on the map.
Attorneys for the defense pointed to one of such districts with a stretched, half-ring like shape as area linked by suburbs typically found on the edges of big cities.
Following his testimony Delegate Jones defended the map and the long-held practice of lawmakers drawing districts.
The bench trial is now scheduled to continue into its third day.