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  •  The Wisconsin Supreme Court hasn't ruled on this (11+ / 0-)

    The only court challenge that's gone anywhere has been in federal court. And they're allowing a lot because the Constitution and federal law allow a lot. The decision said as much. It excoriated the Republicans for their bad practices and said that the maps were blatantly partisan gerrymanders, but that they were mostly legal.

    I'm sure the aides and the lawyers will get nailed to the wall for contempt, but that doesn't really affect how legal the maps are.

    You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

    by Gpack3 on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 12:18:11 PM PDT

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    •  Not necessarily (6+ / 0-)

      If you read this court's decisions to date, they do point out that the SCOTUS has not said that a partisan gerrymander is constitutional - just that no party to a lawsuit has ever suggested to them a workable test for it.

      The plaintiffs in this case did not suggest such a test - but that was before the apparent perjury and destruction of evidence came to light - and the latter has the potential for the court to assume the most damning evidence possible was amongst that deleted (and one of the hard drives in this case was damaged beyond recovery).

      There is therefore the possibility here for plaintiffs to propose a workable legal standard for the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering as easy for them to navigate as it is to limbo under the Petronas Towers.

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 04:36:24 PM PDT

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