Anthony Kennedy

Md.'s redistricting case is a big step forward — but we're still a long way from stopping gerrymandering

Md.'s redistricting case is a big step forward — but we're still a long way from stopping gerrymandering

From a partisan Democrat’s perspective, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has a heads-I-win, tails-you-lose proposition in front of him. If he appeals a recent federal court decision invalidating the state’s 6th Congressional District as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and wins, he protects his party’s hold on that seat. If he loses, he could set binding national precedent limiting a practice that Republicans have used to even greater effect than Democrats have. That latter possibility has good-government types urging him to appeal in hopes that he will lose.

But even if the Supreme Court ultimately upholds the decision issued last week by a three-judge panel in...

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