RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- A federal court has picked a new congressional map for Virginia that could be in place for this year's election.
A three-judge panel on Thursday ordered the state to implement a new redistricting plan suggested by a special expert.
Last year the panel concluded for a second time that legislators in 2012 illegally packed black voters into one district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.
But the panel's decision could be overturned. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed in November to hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who want to preserve the map approved in 2012.
The justices are set to hear arguments on the case in February or March.