The Florida Supreme Court released records Tuesday that gave more insight into an alleged plan by Republican political consultants to funnel maps through the public.
A coalition of voting-rights groups failed to prove during a recent trial that congressional districts drawn by lawmakers in 2012 violated constitutional standards for redistricting, according to a filing by attorneys for the Legislature.
Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in a high-stakes trial that could define the boundaries of the state’s congressional districts and the effectiveness of the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts constitutional amendments.
Just before a judge cleared the courtroom so a GOP operative could testify in secret, lawyers for groups challenging the Legislature’s 2012 congressional map revealed Thursday that a man associated with the plan denied he had anything to do with it.
Overturning an appellate court ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a Tallahassee judge to allow a GOP consultant’s documents to be considered in a trial about the Legislature’s 2012 redistricting effort, a move one justice called “unprecedented.”