UPDATE: An updated story on the Star's website includes the following quote from the majority's opinion:
The 17-page majority opinion disagrees with that view, finding that Indiana law required the council between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, to conduct the process of drawing the districts, using data from the 2010 census; debate the boundaries; and vote on the plan.
That Ballard signed the Republican-passed maps on the first day of 2012 didn’t meet that requirement, Osborn wrote.
“Because no ordinance with a plan for mandatory redistricting was signed into law, this Court has jurisdiction to redraw the district boundaries in a nonpartisan manner pursuant to” the redistricting law, the opinion says.The story notes that the lawsuit has already cost taxpayers $225,000. Don't be surprised if those costs don't reach close to $1 million before it's all over. Republicans are likely to appeal the ruling. Since it's the taxpayers footing the bill, neither party cares how much money gets spent.