(Washington Examiner) The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that claims of partisan gerrymandering are beyond the reach of the federal courts, delivering a sharp blow to challengers who hoped the justices would endorse a standard for determining when a map is so infected with politics it violates the Constitution.
The court split 5-4 along ideological lines, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the conservative majority. The ruling effectively forecloses the courts to hearing future partisan gerrymandering claims.
The two cases before the high court — one from Maryland and one from North Carolina — marked the second time in so many years the justices were confronted with questions of whether the practice of drawing maps to entrench the party in power runs afoul of the Constitution and whether such challenges adjudicated by the courts.
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