UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
March 21, 1968
Andrew COOPER, Joan C. Bacchus and Paul S. Kerrigan, Plaintiffs,
James M. POWER et al., Defendants
The opinion of the court was delivered by: MOORE
MOORE, Circuit Judge.
Subsequent to the affirmance by the Supreme Court of Wells v. Rockefeller, 273 F. Supp. 984 (S.D.N.Y.), affirmed per curiam, 389 U.S. 421, 88 S. Ct. 578, 19 L. Ed. 2d 651 (December 18, 1967), the Legislature has repealed the State law whereunder congressional districts previously had been established, and enacted a new law (S.3980; A.5780) whereby new congressional districts are established. This law was passed by the State Assembly and Senate and became law on February 26, 1968 upon the Governor's signature. Thus, the 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th congressional districts, the focal point of plaintiffs' attack are no longer in existence and have been superseded by other and different districts. The new districts, insofar as they involve Kings County, are the 10th through 16th. The population range of these districts is from 417,040 to 417,478. Thus, the wide population disparities in former Kings County districts have been elminated and virtual equality of population achieved.
The procedures used in creating the new districts are described in the "Interim Report of the Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment." On an over-all State basis, the new districts have a maximum deviation above the State mean of 6.488% (1960 census figures). The reasons for such variations as there may be are set forth in the Committee's report. See also the decision and opinion of the three-judge court in Wells v. Rockefeller, 281 F. Supp. 821, decided March 20, 1968, and filed in the Southern District of New York, upholding the new law after hearing objections thereto.
Since the issues raised in the complaint and upon the trial have become moot as the result of the recent legislative enactment, the complaint must be dismissed.
Settle judgment on notice.
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