The United States Law Week

Top Court Justices Question Suits Over Partisan Gerrymandering

March 26, 2019, 3:38 PMUpdated: March 26, 2019, 7:01 PM

Conservative justices questioned whether judges should be able to toss out politically gerrymandered voting districts, as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed two congressional maps drawn to favor one party over the other.

The justices heard arguments March 26 on a North Carolina map, drawn by Republicans who explicitly sought a partisan advantage, and a Maryland voting district designed by Democrats to oust a Republican lawmaker.

Chief Justice John Roberts and new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the likely swing justices, asked questions of both sides and didn’t give a clear indication how they will vote.

Kavanaugh said “extreme partisan gerrymandering is a...

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