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Arizona court urged to decide redistricting issue


Former Justice Stanley Feldman argues to the Arizona Supreme Court Tuesday to consider the way the state's redistricting commission nominees are to be evaluated. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

A former Arizona Supreme Court justice is urging current justices to decide whether three nominees for the state redistricting commission are eligible for appointment.

Former Justice Stanley Feldman represents supporters nominee Paul Bender, an Arizona State University law professor.

Republican legislative leaders say Bender is ineligible because he’s a tribal judge.

Much of a Supreme Court hearing Tuesday on the challenge to Bender and two other nominees centered on whether the court should let the dispute go to court later based on challenges made to actual appointments.

Feldman says the Supreme Court will get the case “sooner or later” and that it hurts Bender’s chances of being appointed if there’s a lawsuit looming.

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