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Supreme Court hears Maryland redistricting case

Supreme Court hears Maryland redistricting case

The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with whether a novel lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Maryland's convoluted congressional districts could proceed, or whether a lower court judge was correct to toss it out on his own.

Stephen M. Shapiro, a former federal employee turned law student, argues that lower federal courts didn't properly review his claim that congressional districts drawn by state Democrats after the 2010 Census violated the First Amendment rights of voters, marginalizing them based on party affiliation.

The case, among the first heard by the high court this term, comes during a period of heightened scrutiny over the partisanship of congressional...