Missouri judge signals support for U.S. House redistricting map

Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 8:04 p.m. CST; updated 6:16 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 26, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri trial judge has indicated that he plans to reject legal challenges to the state's new congressional districts.

During a hearing Thursday, Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green asked for a proposed judgment from the attorneys defending the congressional districts. A trial court ruling is the first step in a legal process that will likely wind up with an appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Two lawsuits filed against the new maps contend that some districts are not compact and contiguous. The Missouri attorney general's office and an attorney representing the chairmen for legislative committees responsible for redistricting defended the new congressional districts.

Missouri's new congressional map will have eight U.S. House districts instead of the current nine because Missouri's population growth trailed the nation's.