Judge Rules Cleveland Suburb's Election System Biased Against Blacks

CLEVELAND (AP) - A federal judge has ruled today that the city of Euclid's system for electing public officials is biased.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen O'Malley says evidence against the Cleveland suburb was overwhelming.

No black person has ever been elected to Euclid's city council or school board, even though the city's black population tops 30 percent.

O'Malley ruled following the trial of a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department. It alleged violations of the Voting Rights Act because of a dilution of the black vote in City Council elections.

The Justice Department wants Euclid to switch from four wards and four at-large seats to a council president and eight wards. City officials previously rejected the proposal.