I know we’re all focused on the State of the Union address, but this is pretty important too: Round #1 in the legal battle over Virginia’s Republcian-favored Congressional redistricting plan goes to the good guys. 🙂 Click here for the full order by Judge Richard D. Taylor, Jr. of the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond. The conclusion is as follows:
For the reasons previously stated, the Court finds that the Plaintiffs have standing to bring this action, that this matter is ripe for decision, that the doctrines of separation of powers and sovereign immunity do not preclude it from deciding this matter, and that the language of Article II, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia speaks in mandatory, not directory, terms. Accordingly, the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss is DENIED and their Plea in Bar of Sovereign Immunity is OVERRULED.
In short, we won the first step of the redistricting lawsuit, probably many more steps to go but great news nonetheless. Now, back to the SOTU!