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Judge finds Fairbanks-area plaintiffs in redistricting case entitled to costs over 2 years

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JUNEAU, Alaska — A judge has found the Fairbanks-area plaintiffs who sued over plans to redraw Alaska's political boundaries are entitled to "full reasonable" legal fees and costs.

Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy found George Riley and Ronald Dearborn to be the prevailing litigants in the lawsuit against the Alaska Redistricting Board from the filing of the original complaint in 2011 until July 14, 2013. He found the board to be the prevailing party on litigation after that date.

It's unclear how much the plaintiffs might be entitled to. McConahy requested an itemized statement.

A board attorney said the decision was being reviewed.

While the city of Petersburg and Alaska Democratic Party were not prevailing parties, McConahy determined they were public interest litigants and no fees or costs can be awarded against them.

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