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Supreme Court allows First Amendment case against Md. districts

Supreme Court allows First Amendment case against Md. districts

Describing Maryland's congressional district map as a "crazy quilt," a unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday directed a lower court to listen to the argument of a Montgomery County law school student that the 2011 redistricting ran afoul of the First Amendment.

Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals erred when it threw out a lawsuit by Stephen M. Shapiro of Bethesda that alleged the new map marginalized voters based solely on their party affiliation.

The First Amendment claim is a novel approach in a redistricting lawsuit. In a 9-0 decision, the justices said the lower court must convene a three-judge panel to review...

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