Attorney argues redistricting plan hurts Dems

Attorney argues redistricting plan hurts Dems
Posted at 11:02 AM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 12:02:22-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An attorney for a group of voters is telling a panel of judges that legislative district boundaries Republicans drew up clearly discriminate against Democrats.

The voters have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Assembly district boundaries Republicans created in 2011 are an unconstitutional attempt to consolidate power. A three-judge panel began a bench trial in Madison on Tuesday.

Nicholas Stephanopoulos, an attorney for the voters, said during opening statements the Republicans' plan was a deliberate, severe and unjustifiable effort to marginalize Democrats. He said the plan is designed to maintain Republican control for years.

Assistant Attorney General Brian Keenan countered in his opening statement that gerrymandering traditionally means strangely shaped districts and the Republican-drawn boundaries aren't oddly shaped. He says partisanship is part of redistricting.