In 2004, Justice Anthony Kennedy broke a 4-4 tie in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Viedith v. Jubelierez. The case involved a redistricting plan completed after the 2000 U.S. census and approved by the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania state legislature. In his separate, and ultimately, deciding, concurrent decision, Kennedy said that the Supreme Court can and should intervene when states unfairly gerrymander their legislative boundaries for political ends, but that, at the time, there was no objective way to figure out when a political gerrymander had occurred. That now has changed. Last month the State of Wisconsin appealed its own partisan gerrymandering case, Whitford v. Gill, to the U.S. Supreme Court, after federal district court and an appellate panel found convincing evidence that the state’s 2010 redistricting maps were unconstitutional. Joining 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing in the studio is the plaintiff Bill Whitford.
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