Judge rules against plaintiffs in Baton Rouge court lawsuit
BATON ROUGE- Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson has denied a lawsuit that seeks to remake the racial balance of the five-judge Baton Rouge City Court.
Jackson urged the Legislature Tuesday to update its boundaries and election setup in a way he legally could not so they would conform with the changing racial demographics of the city of Baton Rouge.
In his 45-page ruling on the suit, which was filed in 2012, Jackson said the plaintiffs failed to prove that lawmakers discriminated on purpose when they created the City Court election districts two decades ago.
The city court's current districts have resulted in three white judges and two black judges being elected.
Baton Rouge is now majority black, and some lawmakers argue that the majority-white court needs changing.