MINEOLA - A judge has rejected the GOP's calls to remove himself from the case over Nassau County's proposed redistricting plan.

County Republicans passed the controversial plan last week, which quickly ended up in a court battle. Opponents say the new district lines intentionally split up Democratic districts and minority communities.

Republicans say they want Judge Stephen Jaeger, who is presiding over the case, to step down, claiming he is biased because he is a Democrat. Attorneys for the GOP have argued against Jaeger, citing his representation of Democratic Party interests as a lawyer 17 years ago.

Jaeger also left a temporary restraining order in effect today, which prevents lawmakers from implementing the redistricting plan. Republicans say they will appeal that ruling.

Both sides are now due back in court June 14.

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