Nevada high court cancels redistricting hearing

Associated Press State Wire: Nevada (NV) - Friday, November 4, 2011
Author: SANDRA CHEREB - Associated Press
The Nevada Supreme Court has denied Secretary of State's emergency petition seeking a review of a lower court's handling of redrawing voter boundaries. 

In a unanimous order filed late Friday, justices canceled oral arguments in the case that had been scheduled for Nov. 14. 

Lawyers for both the Republican and Democratic parties this week also opposed the hearing, saying the issues raised by Miller became moot after District Judge James Todd Russell accepted the legal findings and voting boundaries drawn by a panel of special masters. 

The high court agreed, and said parties can still file a direct appeal of the redistricting plan. 

Miller filed his petition in October, arguing Russell improperly abdicated his duties to decide key legal issues to the appointed, three-person panel.