Attorney wants judge off SC redistricting case

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina attorney representing a state lawmaker in a U.S. House redistricting lawsuit alleging racial discrimination wants a federal judge removed from the case.

The Greenville News reports that Billy Wilkins says the judge represented plaintiffs in a similar case a decade ago.

Wilkins is the former chief judge for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He says in court papers filed Friday he wants U.S. District Judge Mark Gergel to recuse himself from presiding over a lawsuit filed last month on behalf of 6 voters who claim the state's realignment of House voting districts creates "voting apartheid."

Wilkins wrote that Gergel as a private practice lawyer in 2000 served as lead counsel for former Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges in the state's last redistricting court battle.

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