Plaintiffs ask judge to recuse himself from redistricting lawsuit

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The plaintiffs in a lawsuit about drawing new congressional districts are asking a federal judge to remove himself from the case because of his past representation of the Florida House in redistricting issues.

The groups Common Cause Florida and FairDistricts Now and five voters filed a motion Tuesday seeking recusal of U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor from the lawsuit, which argues that a federal court should set Florida’s new congressional districts.

Winsor is one of three judges appointed to a panel to handle the case. The motion said Winsor, while a lawyer in private practice, represented the Florida House on a series of redistricting issues from 2005 to 2013.

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