Gerrymandering Lawsuit to Proceed

 

Yesterday, a federal three-judge panel unanimously decided that a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s last legislative redistricting plan as an example of “extreme partisan gerrymandering” may proceed.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Although we believe that plaintiffs face significant challenges in prevailing on their claims, we conclude that plaintiffs’ complaint is sufficient to state a claim upon which relief may be granted,” wrote the panel, which includes U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, federal Circuit Judge Kenneth Ripple and Chief Judge William Griesbach, of the U.S. District Court in Milwaukee.

The ruling means that the case, Whitford v. Nichol, will continue with trial scheduled for May 2016.

The Wheeler Report shared this press release from the Wisconsin Fair Elections Project.