Arizona Eagletarian

Arizona Eagletarian

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Redistricting -- SCOTUS brief deadline extended in Harris case

Last month, the plaintiffs in Harris et. al. v Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission filed their brief, aka a jurisdictional statement, in the Supreme Court appeal of the district court decision.
Brief update on last night's post of the SCOTUS appeal brief filed by the Harris plaintiffs. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has 30 days to respond to the brief, aka the Jurisdictional Statement, unless the AIRC requests an extension which would make it 60 days. After the AIRC files its reply brief, the plaintiffs then have 14 days, as I currently understand it, to respond to that, which would then be the final item filed by the parties in this lawsuit.
This month, the AIRC filed a request for extension of that deadline. The Clerk of the Supreme Court has extended the AIRC deadline to October 29.

Recall that Harris and his fellow plaintiffs, under the apparent auspices of the UNfair Trust, challenged the legislative district map currently in use as a result of the 2011 redistricting cycle. A week long trial was held in March 2013. In April 2014, the three-judge panel before whom the trial was conducted ruled 2-1 in favor of the AIRC.

Stay tuned for more drama as the AIRC readies its brief and then Thor "the Thunder god" Hearne will get one more crack at it. As always, I will keep you posted as things develop.

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