Commonwealth Court Says Pa’s Congressional Lines Do Not Violate State Constitution
In a 130-page report submitted to the state Supreme Court, Brobson says that the Democratic voters who petitioned the court to force the lines to be redrawn haven’t proved the lines violate the Constitution by favoring Republicans unfairly.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on January 17th, according to sources close to the case.
PoliticsPA will update this story as more is learned about the report.
Update: In the decision, Brobson wrote that the petitioners have “failed to adduce evidence that the General Assembly passed the 2011 Plan with any motive to retaliate against Petitioners (or others who voted for Democratic candidates in any particular election) for exercising their right to vote.”
The petitioners viewed the decision as a partial win though, pointing to Brobson’s statements that “the 2011 Plan was drawn to give Republican candidates an advantage.”
“The 2011 map is unconstitutional, utterly unresponsive to the will of the voters, and deliberately wastes Democratic votes through a brutally effective cracking and packing scheme. We will demonstrate to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that the partisan bias in the 2011 districting plan is the largest and worst in state history and that the map should be struck down and redrawn immediately,” Public Interest Law Center staff attorney Benjamin Geffen said in a release.