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Testimony concludes in Texas redistricting trial

Updated: Monday, February 13 2012, 09:19 AM CST
Testimony has finished in a trial determining whether new political district lines drawn by the Texas Legislature violated the federal Voting Rights Act.

Attention will now quickly shift to San Antonio where another federal court is charged with drawing interim maps.

The state of Texas, arguing for the maps, and the U.S. Justice Department and several minority groups, arguing against the maps, have now called all of the witnesses scheduled to testify.

Closing arguments are scheduled for next week, and a three-judge panel will later determine whether Texas' map violates federal law.

Judges in the case have quickened proceedings because both sides must argue before the federal court in San Antonio, with a hearing scheduled on Friday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)Testimony concludes in Texas redistricting trial


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