Justice Johnson sues to block debate, vote over chief justice position

Jessica Karmasek Jul. 10, 2012, 9:47am


Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson, in a lawsuit filed last week, argues she is next in line for the job of chief justice.

Johnson filed her motion in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Thursday.

The justice is being represented by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law along with local counsel Gauthier, Houghtaling and Williams, Clarence Roby Jr. PC and the Louisiana Justice Institute.

In her lawsuit, Johnson has requested that the court enforce its consent judgment in Chisom v. Roemer.

In 1992, the federal court in Chisom signed a consent judgment to settle a case brought under the Voting Rights Act.

The case alleged that Louisiana's decision to submerge Orleans Parish into a two-member judicial district (the only district with more than one member) diluted the voting strength of African American voters in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

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