State leaders are continuing to spar over whether the Ohio Supreme Court should force the state’s Republican-dominated political mapmaking panel to answer for defying a court order to redraw unconstitutional Statehouse maps.
If there are no maps passed by the Ohio Redistricting Commission that withstand legal challenges in the Ohio Supreme Court by May 28, the federal judges will force the state to use the third set of maps approved in February that the court previously rejected.
Senate Democrats say it’s important to pass federal legislation to ensure each person’s right to vote. Republican senators say bills have been passed to extend voting rights and the power of changing voting laws should remain at the state level.
Federal prosecutors argued in court documents filed Thursday that a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals correctly ruled last month that the government had proven its case against Dylann Roof, despite his protestations on several points.
The investigation is yet another liability for the embattled attorney general, who is facing a years-old criminal case, a separate, newer FBI investigation, and a Republican primary opponent who is seeking to make electoral hay of the various controversies.