The Kentucky Supreme Court has blocked implementation of the newly-drawn boundaries for state legislative districts.
In a two-page order issued a few hours after hearing oral arguments in the case Friday morning, the state’s highest court upheld Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that this year’s redistricting was unconstitutional.
“Until the General Assembly passes redistricting legislation that complies with Section 33 of the Kentucky Constitution, the terms of the injunction entered by the Franklin Circuit Court remain in place,” the court said.
The Thayer/Williams/Stumbo/Beshear disenfranchisement bill fails. Kathy Stein is returned to her rightful and elected seat (as are the others) and Williams’ mission to run her out of office is lost.
The Supremes were unanimous in their decision — 6 to 0! (one recused). The 2002 lines stand for now.
Rejoice! And remember…