Federal judge sides with GOP over PA gerrymandering

Mar 2012
59,595
41,092
New Hampshire
Very different ruling than the gerrymandering case in NC.

A panel of federal judges Wednesday effectively upheld Pennsylvania’s often-criticized congressional district map, declining to take up a novel challenge that sought to have it declared unconstitutional as gerrymandered to favor the party in power.

In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, the judges said that specific challenge was not for them to decide. Plaintiffs in Agre v. Wolf, led by a Democratic ward leader from Philadelphia, had hoped to use the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution to argue that any amount of partisanship in drawing the state’s congressional maps was illegal.

The congressional boundaries in question were drawn by the Republican-controlled legislature in 2011 after the 2010 census.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs said they would appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is one of several cases nationwide involving redistricting.

Federal judges rule in favor of Pennsylvania Republicans in gerrymandering case
 
Jul 2015
33,386
24,956
Florida
Very different ruling than the gerrymandering case in NC.

A panel of federal judges Wednesday effectively upheld Pennsylvania’s often-criticized congressional district map, declining to take up a novel challenge that sought to have it declared unconstitutional as gerrymandered to favor the party in power.

In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, the judges said that specific challenge was not for them to decide. Plaintiffs in Agre v. Wolf, led by a Democratic ward leader from Philadelphia, had hoped to use the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution to argue that any amount of partisanship in drawing the state’s congressional maps was illegal.

The congressional boundaries in question were drawn by the Republican-controlled legislature in 2011 after the 2010 census.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs said they would appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is one of several cases nationwide involving redistricting.

Federal judges rule in favor of Pennsylvania Republicans in gerrymandering case

I'd have to see the particulars but these do look carefully 'DRAWN' and not very contiguous (or logical) to me. Another one will wend it's way to the Supreme Court.