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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle editorial slams Little v. LATFOR lawsuit

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle editorial criticizes Little v. LATFOR plaintiffs for trying to bring prison-based gerrymandering back to NY.

by Leah Sakala, July 22, 2011

news thumbnailThe Rochester Democrat and Chronicle published an editorial criticizing the plaintiffs in the Little v. LATFOR lawsuit for trying overturn last year’s enacted law and bring prison-based gerrymandering back to New York.

The editorial denounces some New York legislators’ rejection of the law, proclaiming:

[A]rrogance also can be seen in Senate Republicans’ insistence on ignoring a new state law related to redistricting. The law adopted last year no longer allows many rural upstate communities to count state prison inmates as residents in the census. The vast majority of New York’s 56,000 state prison inmates are from urban areas such as New York City, Rochester and Buffalo.

I have to wonder which is worse: Trying to overturn one of the major civil rights victories of the decade, or proceeding as if the law had never been passed in the first place.



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