PENNSYLVANIA

GOP Leaders Request Redistricting Stay From SCOTUS

Experts say it’s unlikely that the appeal is granted.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 26, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

“State Republican leaders on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the Pennsylvania Supreme Court order to redraw the congressional district maps … arguing that the state justices are intruding on their turf. … Their request, experts say, is a long-shot. It was filed shortly before the state Supreme Court rejected a request from the same Republican leaders to stay their own order.”

“Experts questioned the validity of the GOP’s latest argument, noting that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order explicitly says it is based on the state constitution. Courts have also drawn congressional maps before, including at the federal level. ‘In the vein of the upcoming Super Bowl featuring the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles, this is a Hail Mary if there ever was one,’ said Michael Li, a redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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