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Lawyer wants judge off district lawsuit

GREENVILLE, S.C. — An attorney representing a state lawmaker in a U.S. House redistricting lawsuit alleging racial discrimination wants a federal judge removed from the case.

Billy Wilkins, a former chief judge for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, says U.S. District Judge Mark Gergel represented plaintiffs in a similar case a decade ago.

Wilkins said in court papers filed Friday that he wants Gergel to recuse himself from hearing a lawsuit filed last month on behalf of six voters who claim the state’s realignment of House voting districts creates “voting apartheid.”

Wilkins wrote that Gergel, as a private practice lawyer, served as lead counsel for former Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges in 2000 in the state’s last redistricting court battle.

Ex-treasurer sues to get ring returned

CHARLESTON, S.C. — For­mer state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is headed to court again.

Court papers filed in New York’s Manhattan Su­preme Court show the Re­pub­­li­can is suing his former fiancée to get back an engagement ring.

Court papers say the 49-year-old Ravenel and Danielle Tosi broke off a two-month engagement earlier this year. Ravenel says he wants the $47,500 ring back. Tosi has not filed a response.

Ravenel resigned after serving six months as state treasurer and spent less than a year behind bars after pleading guilty to buying cocaine for himself and to sharing it with friends.

– Associated Press

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