Riley agrees with suit challenging legislative districts - Montgomery Alabama news.

Riley agrees with suit challenging legislative districts

MOBILE, Ala. (AP)_Governor Bob Riley agrees with most claims of a lawsuit challenging state legislative districts as unequal in population, and has asked to intervene as a defendant.

A group of voters filed a federal court lawsuit in Mobile in June alleging that the Democrat-controlled Legislature packed some Republican-leaning state House and Senate districts with too many voters, while doing the opposite in some Democratic districts.

The attorney general's office officially is defending against the lawsuit.

The top leaders of the state House and Senate also have sought to intervene as defendants, maintaining that the districts are properly drawn and have been approved by the federal courts and the U.S. Justice Department.

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