Superior Telegram: Federal court orders Wisconsin Legislature to redraw district lines


Federal redistricting decisions are appealed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, although the Supreme Court is not obligated to hear the appeals. Given this ruling's potential national significance, Supreme Court justices will likely want to have a say, according to attorney Gerry Hebert, who represented Democratic plaintiffs in this case.

"If we are successful, then a ruling by the Supreme Court in our favor would apply against Democratic gerrymanders and Republican gerrymanders," Hebert said. "We do think that five justices are looking to curb one of the most fundamental abuses of the democracy we have in the United States, and that's extreme partisan gerrymandering."

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