Friday, September 14, 2018

Lawsuit bolstered vs. partisan, harmful WI gerrymander

There's hope that the harmful GOP gerrymander of Wisconsin legislative districts can get further US Supreme Court review.
The message: never stop fighting for your rights. Props to the Campaign Legal Center, co-counsel and plaintiffs:
Amended Whitford Complaint Highlights Harm Caused by Wisconsin’s Partisan Gerrymander to 40 Plaintiffs Across 34 District
MADISON – Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC), along with co-counsel, filed an amended complaint challenging Wisconsin’s 2011 state assembly map as a partisan gerrymander in the U.S. District Court in Wisconsin. 
CLC and co-counsel, representing voters in 34 state legislative districts, have followed instructions provided by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Supreme Court’s opinion in June when it declined to address the merits of the lower court’s decision. 
CLC and co-counsel have added 28 new plaintiffs and evidence proving that the state’s redistricting plan inflicted district-specific harm on plaintiffs by diluting their votes, as well as infringing all 40 plaintiffs’ associational rights... 
“The voters of Wisconsin have had to vote under an unconstitutional map for far too long,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison law professor Bill Whitford, the named plaintiff in the case. “We followed the Supreme Court’s roadmap and entered additional evidence into the record that strengthened our case, showing real harms to voters caused by lawmakers who chose their own partisan self-interest over the good of the state. We hope to return to the Supreme Court as soon as possible.” 
Learn more about the bipartisan effort to curb the practice of partisan gerrymandering nationwide 
View the results of the first-ever bipartisan survey on partisan gerrymandering and the Supreme Court 
Visit CLC’s case page to see all legal filings in the case, Gill v. Whitford 
*Private counsel working with CLC in representing the plaintiffs includes Douglas M. Poland of Rathje & Woodward, Peter G. Earle of the Law Office of Peter G. Earle, LLC, Michele L. Odorizzi of Mayer Brown, Nicholas O. Stephanopoulos of the University of Chicago Law School and Jessica R. Amunson of Jenner & Block.

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