- Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals erred when it threw out a lawsuit by Stephen M. Shapiro of Bethesda that alleged the new map marginalized voters based solely on their party affiliation.The First Amendment claim is a novel approach in a redistricting lawsuit, reports John Fritze for the Sun.
- On remand, the three-judge panel will review the claim by three Maryland voters that the state's overwhelmingly Democratic redistricting tramples on their rights to free speech and political association, Steve Lash of the Daily Record reports.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court has revived a challenge by some Maryland residents to their state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts, ruling unanimously Tuesday that the case was thrown out prematurely, according to an AP story by Brian Witte at WTOP-AM. The court said federal law requires that the Maryland case be heard by a panel of three judges, not the lone judge who dismissed the challenge.