MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging Alabama's practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote says the practice results in all-white courts in a state where one in four people is African-American.
A federal judge will hear oral arguments next month in the 2016 lawsuit filed by the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP and four black registered voters.
In a post-trial brief filed Monday, plaintiffs' lawyers said the at-large elections result in a "racially segregated judiciary" that violates the Voting Rights Act.
There has never been a black judge on the criminal and civil appeals courts. There have been three black judges on the Alabama Supreme Court but all were first appointed by governors.