Federal judge tosses suit against new suburban cities

5:24 PM, Mar 20, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the charters of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and other recently established suburban Atlanta cities.

Jerome Lee, the lead attorney for the Legislative Black Caucus, said he was dismayed by the dismissal. Lee described the decision as "shocking" and said he would appeal.

The Legislative Black Caucus had filed the April 11 lawsuit against Gov. Nathan Deal. It contends that the state skirted the normal legislative process to create "super-majority white" cities within DeKalb and Fulton counties.

The Georgia Attorney General's office had asked the judge to dismiss the suit, saying the new cities don't violate the Voting Rights Act.

The lawsuit also targeted Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills.

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