- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is pausing consideration of a legal challenge to the state’s current map of congressional districts until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on another Arizona redistricting case.

Judge Mark Brain’s order granting a request from the state’s redistricting commission and Republicans challenging the map says the sides acknowledge that the stay means there likely wouldn’t be time to redraw the districts for use in the 2016 election.

At issue in the case is whether the commission violated its own rules in drawing the districts first used in 2012.

The Supreme Court last month agreed to consider a separate case in which Republican legislative leaders contend that the Constitution only allows legislators to draw congressional districts.

Arizona voters created the redistricting commission in 2000.



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