Ariz. court puts redistricting case on fast track

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Gov. Jan Brewer and former IRC chairwoman Colleen Mathis By Catherine Holland Gov. Jan Brewer and former IRC chairwoman Colleen Mathis By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Supreme Court is putting a legal challenge to the removal of the Independent Redistricting Commission's chair on a fast track.

Justice Scott Bales said during a brief hearing Monday that the court is granting the commission's motion for expedited consideration of its lawsuit challenging Gov. Jan Brewer's removal of Colleen Mathis.

Expedited consideration means the court is shortening its normal briefing schedule and will hear arguments on Nov. 17. Also, the court could rule as early as Tuesday afternoon on whether to grant a request for an order saying that Mathis temporarily remains chair while the case is pending.

Brewer says Mathis violated constitutional mandates on redistricting criteria and mapping processes.

The commission's lawsuit contends Brewer acted outside her authority and without legal grounds.