Alabama: Governor moves to intervene in GOP's redistricting suit
AP reports: Republican Gov. Bob Riley agrees with most claims of a lawsuit challenging state legislative districts as unequal in population, but has asked to intervene as a defendant.
A group of voters filed a federal court lawsuit in Mobile in June alleging that the Democrat-controlled Legislature packed some Republican-leaning state House and Senate districts with too many voters, while doing the opposite in some Democratic districts.
Riley, in court papers filed Friday, asked to be included in the lawsuit as a defendant.
Spokesman John Matson said Tuesday the governor could legally intervene on either side. He said the governor chose to intervene on the side of the defendants because the lawsuit challenges all of the state's House and Senate districts "and he represents the entire state as governor." -- Tuscaloosa
Disclosure: I represent another would-be intervenor in this case, the Speaker of the House.