Judge awards nearly $3M for NM redistricting fees

July 31, 2012 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Taxpayers must pick up the tab for nearly $3 million in fees for attorneys who represented Democratic, Republican, Native American and Hispanic voter interests in redistricting trials, a New Mexico judge decided Monday.

District Judge James Hall’s order covers lawyer fees for six groups that brought lawsuits over revamping political district boundaries for the Legislature, Congress and Public Regulation Commission.

Redistricting landed in court last year after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-controlled Legislature disagreed on how to redraw district boundaries to adjust for population growth during the past decade.

Hall said the groups were entitled to attorney’s fees because they prevailed in parts Login to read more

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