Florida's flawed congressional districts can remain in place for two more years and a newly drawn legislative boundaries don't have to take effect until 2016, a Tallahassee circuirt court judge ruled late Friday.
Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis upheld the revisions made by the Florida Legislature in a three-day special session that concluded last week but said that the current configuration, which he ruled unconstitutional a month ago, could stand for the 2014 election.
That will come as a relief to U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, and Dan Webster, a Winter Garden Republican who had recently set up a legal defense fund to help him finance any court fights that are expected to emerge from the protracted fight.
But it is not likely to spell the end of the road for the redistricting battle in Florida. The group of Democrat-leaning voters groups that brought the lawsuit against the Republcan-led Legislature have left open the possiblility that they may challenge Lewis' rulilng.