Justices Skirt Conclusive Ruling on Partisan Gerrymandering

The National Law Journal

Sidestepping the thorny issue of partisan gerrymandering, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned back a major challenge to Wisconsin’s redistricting plan because the plaintiffs lacked standing.

The challengers’ counsel, Paul Smith of the Campaign Legal Center, told the justices that “these claims are coming” and “You are the only institution that can solve this.” Wisconsin Solicitor General Misha Tseytlin represented the state, and Kirkland & Ellis partner Erin Murphy argued on behalf of the state Senate. The case attracted a large number of amicus briefs from across the political spectrum, including political parties, campaign reform groups, civil rights organizations and state and federal lawmakers.

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