FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick County commissioner has filed a lawsuit challenging Maryland’s redistricting map.

The Frederick News-Post reports that Republican Commissioner Paul Smith has filed complaints in the Maryland Court of Appeals and Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

He is criticizing the new map signed into law last month by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley for failing to design contiguous and compact voting areas.

The map has drawn other legal challenges as well.

On Monday, a federal judge ruled that constitutional claims in a lawsuit brought by nine black voters are substantial. U.S. District Judge Roger Titus denied the state’s efforts to dismiss the case and wrote that convening a three-judge panel was appropriate to hear the case.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. John Acord says:

    With Roger Titus involved you can expect this case will be decided not on the facts but on the pay-off. You got the most corrupt judge on the federal bench. This guy looks to the size of the pay envelope, not the facts. You can be 100% on the money and he will throw you out of court in favor of the crooks with the envelop full of money.

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