DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit judge is sharply questioning lawyers in a dispute over whether one of the country's longest-serving congressmen gets on the summer primary ballot.
Several nominating petitions turned in by U.S. Rep. John Conyers have been thrown out because people gathering signatures weren't registered voters or put a wrong registration address on the petition.
It means the Detroit Democrat lacks 1,000 signatures needed for the ballot.
Conyers' lawyers asked federal Judge Matthew Leitman on Wednesday to throw out a Michigan law that puts restrictions on circulators. But the judge questioned why critics would claim the law is an illegal burden when the Conyers campaign believed it had followed it.
State attorneys say it's unfair to attack the law when others have followed it.
Conyers has been in Congress since 1965.