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Judge In Metro Redistricting Lawsuit Recuses Himself

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After nearly two years on the case, the judge overseeing a redistricting lawsuit against Metro Public Schools has recused himself.

Federal Judge John Nixon stepped down Friday. The case has now been assigned to Judge Todd Campbell.

Judge Campbell immediately entered orders scheduling case management conferences.

Jeffrey and Frances Spurlock filed a lawsuit against Metro schools back in 2009 after their daughter was rezoned to a school with low test scores under the district's new lines. They argue the plan discriminates against black students.

In January, Nixon postponed a hearing to allow the Spurlock's to seek legal help from outside sources such as the NAACP.

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